Many people avoid getting dentures because of misconceptions about the appearance and discomfort of having false teeth. Modern partial and full dentures have come a long way and look and feel just like natural teeth.
In Edinburgh, dentures may be used to replace a few or all of a patient’s teeth and they are available in many dental practices, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists. Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth, whereas full dentures replace all of the missing teeth in the upper and lower jawbone. Patients who have some natural teeth left, can opt for over-dentures that will fit over the existing teeth without harming them.
How do dentures work?
Dentures in Edinburgh are custom-made in a specialised laboratory from impressions taken of the patient’s mouth. Patients can choose from full dentures or partial dentures based on their individual needs. Full dentures are placed in the mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Full dentures are made of acrylic and other materials and are very aesthetically pleasing because they are created to follow the lines and contours of the mouth and gums.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, rest on a metal or acrylic framework that attaches to the natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of the natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures can sometimes substitute fixed bridges for a removable tooth replacement alternative.
How can dentures help?
In the past, dentures were made primarily for chewing and biting, but modern dentures are designed to be comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and fully functional. During the fitting process, the dentist will ensure that the dentures will sit properly on the patient’s mouth with minimal slipping so that you they feel confident during daily activities like chewing and talking.
Full dentures are ideal for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, while partial dentures are useful for filling in gaps in a patient’s smile. Dentures support facial muscles and structures, and decrease oral bone loss. They are also less expensive than dental implants and a cost-effective treatment option, particularly when more natural teeth are present.