A denture is a mobile replacement for missing teeth and surrounding soft tissues (gum). There are two types of dentures: partial and complete (full). The partial ones are used when there are still natural teeth existing and we want to restore only the missing ones and the full ones when all the teeth of a dental arch are missing.
They can be of several types of materials: acrylic (classic), flexiplast (valplast), biodentaplast, polyan, skeleton (acrylic with metal frame) etc.
A partial denture is made up of teeth attached to a pink or transparent prosthetic base that is attached to natural teeth already existing using metal hooks or a metal skeleton that provides support and stability.
They also help in preventing the remaining teeth from migrating (changing their position) over time.
Unlike the partial ones, the total ones are made of only the base of the prosthesis and the teeth attached to them. Without prosthetic clamping systems, we rely solely on the suction effect of the dentures on the prosthetic field (gum), to which we can add the help of the prosthetic adhesive.
The time needed to manufacture the dentures is between 3 and 4 weeks. So, when talking about a full edentation, to avoid the discomfort of the total lack of teeth, we often need temporary full dentures that are ready just before tooth extraction and can be worn from day one and that gives us enough time to wait (about 6-7 weeks in total) for bone and gum healing after extractions, and then we can begin the final denture manufacturing process. Due to rapid bone resorption after dental extractions, temporary dentures require more adaptation and adjustment sessions and are considered only a temporary treatment solution.
It is very important to understand that although the dentures are not, do not function and do not feel like natural teeth, they help patients alot by:
• improving the masticatory function.
• improving the dental aesthetics of the patient by restoring the natural appearance of the teeth and face (the fullness of the lips and cheeks).
• although initially it seems worse, after a few days of wearing the dentures, the phonetic function (pronunciation) will improve.
• and they especially help to improve the patient's social interaction, by increasing self-esteem due to its more pleasant appearance and more correct speech.
To find out the price of a denture, see the Pricing List page.
When you first have contact with your new dentures it is generally indicated for them to be worn as much time as possible until the next dentist appointment.
It is normal for the prosthesis to initially push certain areas of the gums where sores lesions might appear. These uncomfortable areas of the prosthesis will disappear on your next appointment, when your dentures will be adjusted to fit better by your dentist and gum lesions will heal by themselves or by rinsing with antiseptic solutions (mouthwash). Sometimes it may need several sessions to perfectly adjust the dentures.
We recommend the dentures to be cleaned twice a day, preferably at night before sleeping, with water, soap and a special brush, and in the morning. Toothpaste is not indicated in denture cleaning because in time it will make the surface rough and it wil be easier for it to retain plaque and tartar on it's surface.
Twice a week it is recommended to leave the dentures overnight in a container with a denture specifically created antiseptic effervescent substance (Corega etc).
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2018