DENTAL PROSTHESIS

DENTURE—REPLACEMENT OF MISSING TEETH

Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. When a tooth or teeth are so badly damaged that it is not possible to salvage them they have to be extracted. If not replaced in time the adjacent teeth drift into the space leading to chewing problems. So it is essential to replace missing teeth.

Different types of Dentures:

These are made when natural teeth are missing or removed. They can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures can be made about 8 – 12 weeks after the teeth have been extracted.

They are made in advance and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. Measurements are taken prior to the extractions to fabricate the dentures. As the bones and gums shrink during healing period after tooth extraction, they become loose and have to be replaced.

Lower dentures are usually ill fitting because of the movements of the tongue and lips. Also in cases when the bone condition is there is not enough, implant supported dentures are made. Implants are placed in the jaw bone and semi fixed dentures are made on them.

When one or more teeth are missing partial dentures are made they are removable and have to be removed at night and for cleaning.

Usually a complete denture takes a minimum of 5 – 7 Visits