Dentures and Oral Health Practices

Today, having a missing tooth or two can easily be perceived as poor oral health. The good news is that a bad smile can easily be fixed to perfection, and many other oral problems are no longer challenges. In the case of missing teeth, dentures are the cheaper and more reliable alternative many people go by. Dentures are implants fitted to fill the space of a missing tooth. Some people completely replace the entire mouth set with dentures. These are referred to as complete dentures. Other cases require only a tooth or two replaced with a denture. In this case, it is referred to as a partial denture.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures require teeth to be totally removed from the gum and replaced with the dentures. It usually takes a period ranging between eight to twelve weeks for such an operation to heal. After elimination of the teeth, the fashioned dentures can be fitted in immediately, and the gum is left to heal with the dentures in place. An alternative is to let the gum heal and then the dentures are fitted onto a healed gum. If the dentures are fitted on the gum plate immediately before healing, it is referred to as immediate dentures. If fitted after healing, they are referred to as conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are less convenient than conventional ones since they require several adjustments during the healing process. The adjustments are necessitated by healing and reduced swelling of the gum. Conventional dentures are fixed on an already healed gum, and so, they won't call for as many adjustments as immediate dentures.

Partial dentures

These are made by fitting a replacement tooth onto a gum-like plastic base. The denture, therefore, fills the space acting as the missing tooth. Many people use this to eliminate the unwelcome sight of a missing tooth. Partial dentures do not only add beauty to your smile. They are also important for preventing your other teeth from weakening and moving due to the existence of space between them. A precision partial denture, however, employs the mechanism of a removable denture but the bridge is not cemented. This allows the wearer to implant or remove the denture as convenient. This is a more preferred denture design for those people who feel uncomfortable sleeping with dentures or carrying out other activities. Such a design, therefore, would be more suitable for removing and re-installing when necessary.