DENTURES


Dentures are removable appliances to replace one or more missing teeth, or all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw


Types of Dentures: Main Categories

  • Partial dentures
    - when some teeth remain on the jaw (i.e. upper or lower jaw). Partial dentures can be acrylic (plastic) or metal.
  • Complete dentures
    - when there are no teeth remaining on that jaw.
  • Overdentures.
  • Immediate dentures.

Metal Denture-A metal-based denture is one in which a portion of the denture body is made of a substantial metal casting rather than all plastic (acrylic resin).

Advantages of metal-based dentures

  • Very bio-compatible and hypoallergenic with healthy-appearing supporting tissues
  • May include a soft liner
  • Can be relined easily
  • Provides added strength for easily broken narrow dentures
  • Facilitates fabrication of stable narrow-based dentures that are designed to avoid contact with disrupting muscle forces
  • Sometimes facilitates the avoidance of surgical procedures to reposition frenum
  • Patients perceive a more natural feeling from the added weight
  • Weight may contribute to additional denture stability
  • Dimensionally very stable when compared to all-plastic-based dentures during fabrication and over time

Disadvantages of metal-based dentures

  • Generally difficult to reline or repair standard metal-based dentures
  • More costly to fabricate

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