An effective tooth replacement option
Dentures are a cost-effective replacement option for teeth lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. If you have experienced a loss of some or all of your teeth, it is likely your dentist will talk to you about dentures to replace these teeth. Dentures are artificial substitutes for missing natural teeth and adjacent tissues and are a temporary or permanent tooth replacement option for people of all ages. They are typically made of acrylic resin and occasionally lightweight metal (mainly cobalt chrome) and are designed to look like your natural teeth. There are three main types of dentures:
- A full denture is worn by patients who have lost all their teeth in either the upper or lower jaws or both. The denture will replace your missing natural teeth and sit on the gum ridges, providing support to your lips and cheeks as well as maintaining the distance between your nose, mouth, and chin. By choosing not to replace the missing teeth, this distance can become smaller over time.
- A partial denture is used when a person still has one or more natural teeth remaining. The denture will replace the missing teeth and may be held in place by clasps that surround the remaining teeth. It may have an acrylic resin or metallic cobalt-chrome base. Your dentist may discuss these material options with you when planning for a denture.
- A removable implant-retained denture is an alternative to the standard full lower denture. These dentures are partially supported and held in place by dental implants retained within the jawbone and partially supported by the gums. This denture can still be removed from the mouth by the person wearing it.
Park Ridge Dental can step you through this transition when you are ready. Call to book your visit with us 3297 0153