Teeth do not possess the regenerative ability found in most other tissues. Therefore, once enamel or dentin is lost as a result of caries, trauma, or wear, restorative materials must be used to reestablish form and function.
Teeth require preparation to receive restorations, and these preparations must be based on fundamental principles from which basic criteria can be developed to help in predicting the success of dental treatment.
Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image , it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: two types of dentures- full or partial dentures.
Types of dentures:
What are removable partial dentures?
Removable partial dentures (sometimes referred to as false teeth or plates) are a common treatment alternative for missing teeth .Removable partial dentures are versatile in their ability to replace any number of missing teeth and to fill out the contours of the face and lips, which shrink inward when multiple teeth are lost. Typically the denture base is made of acrylic plastic that can be tinted to match the patient’s natural gum tissues. The teeth are made from either acrylic or ceramic.
Removable partial dentures help in predicting the success of dental treatment.
What are fixed dentures?
Do you have a loose denture that bothers you and restricts what you can eat? Is it difficult for you to eat and speak like you used to? Dentures can be fixed permanently in just one day using a cost effective and stable number of dental implants to locate your dentures onto. A full upper or lower jaw of beautiful teeth can be yours using only a few implants in the lower and upper jaw.
Who does this?
Fixed dentures are done by Prosthodontist. Prosthodontists are specialist dentists who have undertaken training recognized by academic institutions in this field. Fixed prosthodontics can be used to restore single or multiple teeth, spanning areas where teeth have been lost.
In general, the main advantages of fixed prosthodontics when compared to direct restorations is the superior strength when used in large restorations, and the ability to create an aesthetic looking tooth. As with any dental restoration, principles used to determine the appropriate restoration involves consideration of the materials to be used, extent of tooth destruction, orientation and location of tooth, and condition of neighboring teeth.
Today’s well-educated, discerning patients enjoy a multitude of choices and options for permanent tooth replacement devices know as fixed dental prosthetics, or permanent crowns and bridges.
Fixed prosthetic systems have advanced through material science and dental medicine technology to the point where patients have many excellent, innovative options from which to choose.
When can you opt for removable dentures?
Fixed are only possible if there are enough teeth left to give a dental prosthesis something to grip. If you have no or only a few teeth remaining teeth, a fully removable denture system may be your best option for restoring your smile. For those who are only missing teeth in one arch (side), a partial denture can be used.
Though most people think that dentures are used only when all of one’s teeth are missing (this is called a complete denture), most removable bridges are used when only a few teeth are missing from a particular arch. An arch is one quadrant or quarter of your mouth. If numerous teeth are missing, much of the arch may need to be replaced, and a removable bridge is a great and affordable option for this.
Advantages of a Removable Bridge
Removable bridges are economical and often cheaper because of the increased and specialized work needed to create fixed bridges or properly place dental implants. Some patients simply are not good candidates for those treatments due to a number of reasons related to their health or other limitations. As with many cases of missing teeth, the other teeth may eventually become displaced.
Fixed dentures secure long-lasting anchorage
These new options and technical advances now afford fixed dental prosthetic patients with a secure, biocompatible, long-lasting and esthetic anchor for replacement teeth. These innovations in design and material science can be used for a single unit tooth restoration, for multiple anchors to hold a fixed bridge, or as anchor fixtures to hold hybrid metal frames on which complete or partial permanent or removable dentures are attached.
Fixed dental prosthesis is advancing:
Recent dental prosthetic developments have seen the metal under-casting framework replaced by a zirconium porcelain core structure. This stronger types of dentures allows for the layering of finer porcelain veneers on the outer layers to create a more translucent, life-like appearance. The greater strength of zirconium porcelain permits the fabrication of multiples unit all-porcelain fixed bridges.