A denture is a dental device which is used as a substitute for missing teeth. There are two kinds of dentures that we can fabricate and fit at your Burlington, Ontario dental practice which are called partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are appropriate when there are still some natural teeth remaining in the mouth while full dentures are suited for someone who has lost all of his or her teeth.
A partial denture is made up of replacement teeth which are attached to a base constructed of gum or pink-coloured plastic. This is sometimes linked through the use of a metal framework that keeps the denture positioned correctly in the mouth. Partial dentures can be used when there are still a few natural teeth present in the lower or upper jaw. A partial denture fills in the spaces due to missing teeth, and helps to keep remaining teeth from altering their position. A partial denture can be removed and these days they are much more natural looking than before.
There are two types of complete dentures which are called immediate and conventional. These are made once teeth have been extracted and gum tissue has started to heal. Immediate dentures are constructed in advance and may be put into place once the removal of teeth has been completed. This means the recipient will still have teeth throughout the healing time. However, gums and bones can shrink particularly once teeth have been removed and especially throughout the period of healing. This means some adjustments may have to be made to ensure they fit correctly after healing is complete. Conventional dentures require 8 to 12 weeks of healing time after tooth removal. This means the recipient may be without teeth for that period of time.
Dental implants as an alternative to dentures
A person who has lost teeth can ask about dental implants which are a more permanent solution for teeth loss at their Burlington, Ontario dental clinic. They are more expensive, but the arrangement of implants, crowns and bridges that make up dental implants are more comfortable and look more natural than dentures.