Progressive tooth loss caused by gum disease, uncontrolled tooth decay, or trauma can be pretty devastating to self confidence and appearance. The quickest and simplest replacement for missing teeth is to make dentures. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. With modern materials and our skilled technician at Affinity Dental, dentures are very natural looking. They can be made Hollywood straight and white or irregular and stained. Each case is custom made and unique. You, the patient are consulted at every stage to make sure you feel happy with how your face feels and looks with your new dentures.
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate". Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base, or a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Dentures and implants
Patients who have lost all their teeth and have difficulty with movement from a lower denture can be treated with implants, conventional implants can replace all the missing teeth, or much simpler and at much less cost mini implants can be placed and the existing denture clipped to the implants with press studs.