Full and Partial Dentures
A denture is simply a removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain.
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There are two types of full dentures: conventional and immediate.
Conventional dentures are made after any existing decayed or damaged teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. These dentures are placed in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks following removal of the teeth.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned in your mouth as soon as the teeth are removed, so you’re not without teeth during the healing period. However, since bones and gums shrink over time (and especially during the healing period after tooth removal), immediate dentures require follow-up adjustments to ensure a proper fit. For this reason, they’re considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be fitted.
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that resembles your gums. These replacement teeth are connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place. Partial dentures are used when one or more of your natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw. A permanent bridge replaces the teeth in between, with the denture filling the space. Besides filling the gap, the partial denture prevents existing teeth from changing position. The partial denture is removable, and since the attachments are internal the appearance is considerably more natural.
While there are cases where dentures are recommended, dental implants are a preferred alternative. Although the cost is greater than dentures, dental implants and bridges more closely resemble the look and feel of real teeth. Also, because the implants are on permanently cemented bridges, you don’t have the occasional sensation of dentures feeling loose in your mouth.
Because everyone’s dental needs are unique, the dentists at Costa Rica Dental Team will explain all your options and make appropriate recommendations. Regardless of how you choose to proceed, you can be confident that your new teeth will look like real teeth.