Dentures & Partial Dentures in Buffalo, NY
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Dentures come in a number of different varieties, including fixed (permanent) and removable, partial and full, immediate and conventional, and upper and lower.
Another option in the realm of restorative dentistry is dentures, which are a small row of false teeth that work to return an individual’s bite to its original occlusion prior to the loss of one or more teeth. Dentures come in a number of different varieties, including fixed (permanent) and removable, partial and full, immediate and conventional, and upper and lower. Depending on a patient’s individual needs, removable partials may be preferred as a substitute for two lost teeth in the mandible (the lower jaw), or a fixed full denture will be required to replace all the teeth of the maxilla (the upper jaw). Because dentures are available in so many forms and for diverse uses, it is important to consult with a dentist to learn which type of denture may be ideal.
Partials, true to their name, are recommended as a way to stand in for a small number of missing teeth, as an alternative to the otherwise popular dental bridges and implants. This kind of denture comprises one or more false teeth affixed to a base that is colored to resemble the wearer’s gums. Removable partials feature small clasps at either end that latch onto the abutment teeth (the teeth immediately on either side of a gap), which anchor the denture in place. Fixed partials, on the other hand, are similar to dental bridges in that the abutment teeth first must be filed down and fitted with crowns before the denture can be installed using cement.
Full dentures replace an entire row of teeth, serving as a substitute for all the teeth of either the maxilla or the mandible. Because it is rare for every last tooth on either jaw to fall out, for a full denture to be set up, any teeth still lingering in the jaw must first be removed. As soon as a jaw has been completely cleared of teeth, a patient may opt for conventional or immediate dentures, both of which have their respective benefits and drawbacks. Conventional dentures can only be made once the gums and jaw have completely healed; a dentist will make an impression of the flesh of the relevant jaw, and the impression will be used to construct a plastic model with false teeth. Immediate dentures are made well before the removal of lingering teeth and are available for wearing as soon as the removal is complete. However, because the jawbones and gums may alter in shape after the extraction of excess teeth, immediate dentures may gradually become ill-fitting over their first few weeks of wear.
Both fixed and removable full dentures can benefit from the installation of dental implants, which will bond with the jawbone below the gum line and serve as stalwart anchors for the denture. These implants do more than provide substantial support; they also help to prevent bone loss. With no teeth to reinforce, jawbones will decline in thickness and strength unless dental implants are installed. The titanium at the bases of implants chemically bonds with the bone, preventing much of the bone loss from occurring. There are several different formats that dental implants can take in the gums. Four implants spread throughout the front of the jaw can support dentures, and one implant at each corner of the rear of the mouth can also be effective.