Dentures are a common dental prosthesis used to replace multiple missing teeth. There are two different types of dentures that can be used, such as full or partial dentures. Full, or complete, dentures are fabricated to restore an entire upper and/or lower arch of teeth, while partial dentures are only fabricated to restore one or more missing teeth. Both types of dentures can be removable or fixed. Removable partial dentures are usually held in place by a framework that wraps around the surrounding teeth, while removable traditional dentures are held in place by suction between the gums and denture. Fixed dentures refer to those that remain permanently in the mouth and are held in place by dental implants or other means, such as dental adhesive.
Did You Know?
Although partial dentures and bridges are similar in structure, they are different in the fact that partial dentures are generally removable while bridges are not. Partial dentures can also be used in cases where the teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dentures?
You may be a candidate for dentures if you have one or more missing teeth. Depending on the number of missing teeth, you may be a candidate for either a full or partial denture. Candidates for full dentures are individuals who have an entire arch of missing teeth and/or teeth in need of extraction. Candidates who have one or more missing teeth in coordination with remaining natural teeth may be an ideal candidate for a partial denture. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dentures and what type of denture is best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Guirguis today.
What can I expect when getting dentures with Dr. Guirguis?
The first step to getting dentures is to have a dental impression taken of your mouth. During a dental impression, metal trays with a soft putty will be inserted into your mouth and over the upper and/or lower arches of teeth. Within a minute, this putty will gradually harden into a rubber-like consistency and will be removed from your mouth. Your dental impressions are then sent to a dental lab where an accurate model of your mouth is created and is used to fabricate your custom dentures. During the fabrication process, you can expect to attend regular dental appointments for “fittings” to ensure the final product is a perfect fit.
How do I care for my dentures?
You will care for your dentures by keeping them clean and preventing them from becoming lost or damaged. To clean your dentures, you will need to brush them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture solution. You should also rinse your dentures after meals and be sure to keep your mouth clean as well. To prevent your dentures from becoming damaged or lost, you will also need to remove them every night and store them in a denture solution.