Advantages of Dentures for Replacing Missing Teeth: Facts, Materials, And Procedure

Advantages of Dentures for Replacing Missing Teeth: Facts, Materials, And Procedure

Jan 01, 2021

Tooth replacement is among the many dental procedures that patients often come to us for. Gaps and missing teeth strike blows to one’s confidence, and partials and dentures in Westwood, MA, can help bring your smile back to its former glory and perhaps make it even more brilliant.

What Is Tooth Replacement? 

Within cosmetic and general dentistry in Westwood, MA, tooth replacement procedures are implemented to eliminate gaps in teeth. They are also the preferred option for teeth that have been worn down by discoloration or decay.

What Are Dentures? 

Dentures are appliances constructed to replace missing or decaying teeth in one’s oral cavity. Unlike similar devices, dentures are meant to be worn instead of being “glued” onto teeth.

Two Basic Types of Dentures

There are several kinds of dentures, with each one differing in function, material type, and scope. Below are its two primary classifications: partial dentures and complete dentures.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are crafted for patients who have only a few or “partial” sets of teeth that require replacing. The false or prosthetic teeth are set atop resin bridges, which are often gum-coloredand situated so that they sit next to your remaining real teeth.Additionally, they have wire clasps on their ends to act as support so that the device stays in place more firmly.

There are various ones available.  Whether you require partial dentures for your front teeth or your first, second, and third molars, your Westwood dentist can fashion them according to your teeth replacing needs.

Complete Dentures

As the term suggests, complete dentures are a replacement to be worn on jaws that are rid of teeth­–when there are no more teeth left on the arch or gum line. They resemble a full set of teeth, complete with a pinkish gum base.

Materials

  • Acrylic Resin

Acrylic resin is among the most preferred material types because of the flexibility of its occlusal adjustment feature. They can be easily molded into the impression of a patient’s set of teeth to mimic natural teeth as closely as possible.

It is also an economical choice in terms of dental molding materials.

  • Porcelain

Porcelain dentures, once formed into tooth-like structures, are said to closely resemble actual teeth. Manypeople prefer this material because it blends in naturally with the rest of the teeth.

The false teeth on porcelain dentures stick to the denture base without complications and can be buffed and rebuffed for that extra shine.

  • Nylon Or “Polyamide”

Allergy-susceptible patients are recommended nylon dentures mainly because this material is the least likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Their water absorption quality makes them have fewer “allergens,” which allows them to be non-allergic. This will still be highly dependent on other materials that will be infused within the prosthetic itself.

***Metals are another part of partial dentures that are used for the clasps. Aside from this, dentures can be combined with other materials to further their molding flexibility, enhance coloration, etc.

Dentures for Tooth Replacement: Overall Advantages

  • Removable

This is the key advantage of dentures. They can be conveniently removed and then worn again. If you are not willing to go through an adjustment phase for permanent dental wear, then false teeth are ideal for you.

Its removability ties into how you can have it adjusted, should your jawline expand or shrink over time.

  • Easy to Maintain

Since dentures are removable (although there are dental prosthetics that can be implanted within your gum-base), they can be just as effortlessly cleaned. After every meal, you can take your dentures off, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste, rinse them with water, and wear them once more.

  • Less Frequent Occurence of Tooth Decay

Since you will be able to get into the nooks and crannies of dentures whenever you brush them, you may notice a lower likelihood of having your remaining teeth incur tooth decay. Furthermore, dentures are molded with specialized artificial prosthetic materials, which are not vulnerable to being decayed by food and drink acids.

For more information about dentures or to schedule a consultation, give Westwood Dental Group a call. We can help you restore your smile and oral health.

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