Types of Dentures: Complete, Partial and Semi-Precision Dental Implants
When natural teeth can’t be saved, dentures might be the solution to the problem. Well-fitting dentures are just as beautiful as natural teeth and can be quite comfortable. The secret is to consult a denturist, discuss the various options and make a decision together.
Complete dentures are custom made and require precise equipment and advanced techniques in design. Information is gathered on your temporomandibular joint and cranium after which the data is send to a precision articulator. This articulator can simulate the movement of your mouth.
The teeth of your dentures are a combination of high technology and craftsmenship, guaranteed to produce teeth that are perfect in shape, color and function.
Partial dentures are available with and without a palate. They are fitted with teeth the fill the gaps in your natural teeth.
Partial dentures with no palate can be so comfortable, you might forget you’re wearing them. As your denturist will tell you, this type of denture is not for everyone though. Not only are palate free partial dentures more complicated to make and does the process take longer, there is only a 40% success rate.
When a denturist recommends semi-precision dentures, he will use a semi-precision articulator to determine the position of teeth in accordance with your fixed cranium. Even with semi-precision dentures, the patients will enjoy excellent stability and perfect chewing.
Teeth are usually selected based on the patient’s speech, age and gums.
Some patient who wear dentures often complain that their dentures feel loose or that food gets stuck behind the palate. For these patients a denturist might recommend a prosthetic implant as it is by far the best and most comfortable solution.
Not only do prosthetic implants feel natural, they prevent bone loss where extracted teeth are missing. The procedure takes about an hour and a half and can be done under partial or complete sedation.
Whether you’re considering full or partial dentures, semi-precision dentures or a prosthetic implant, seek out the expertise of a denturist or have your dentist refer you to a denturist. Dentures are expensive and will be worn for years to come, so be sure to make the right choice.
Getting used to dentures doesn’t happen overnight. Your denturist will tell you that dentures are very different than natural teeth and require an adjustment period. If your dentures hurt, don’t hesitate to go back to your denturist for an adjustment.