Advancement in technologies, novel materials used in dentistry and innovative dental techniques have led to the development of modern denture solutions for replacing missing teeth. Teeth can be lost due to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Modern day dentures are able to replace one or more missing teeth.
Assessment for modern day dentures
After assessment, if dentures are suitable, individuals have choices in the type of denture they may prefer. Using dental impressions and images, dentures are custom-made. Time may be needed for gums to heal from extraction before temporary dentures are provided. The bespoke dentures are then fitted and adjusted, providing fully functional teeth with a natural smile.
Options in modern day dentures
Individuals are offered choices in dentures for partial or full teeth replacement. Partial, immediate and complete dentures may be:
- acrylic resin bonded to metal base
Dentures serve to mimic natural teeth and gums, restoring oral function for eating and speaking, and giving aesthetic appeal to the face and smile. Immediate dentures may need adjustment as the oral contours change. Plastic dentures may be less flexible than acrylic resin dentures with a metal base.
It is natural for gum tissue to change over time and dentures may need adjustment. There is also an initial period of getting used to denture wear. For better retention and stability, some people opt for implant-supported dentures that feel and look just like natural teeth supporting facial structures and expression.
Wear and care of modern day dentures
Dentures are designed for daily wear, approximately eight hours per day. Dentures may be soaked in a cleansing solution or lukewarm water overnight and cleaned with a soft-bristled brush, allowing gums to rest overnight. Following dentist-recommended guidelines for oral hygiene practise, denture care and repair allows patients to get the best out of their dentures for longer-lasting results.
If you are interested in having dentures please contact Clifton Dental Studio in Bristol today for a consultation.