Dentures are customized and removable prostheses made to fill in the gaps created due to removed or lost natural tooth/ teeth and restore the oral functions and appearance. It includes the teeth portion as well as the gum portion, the latter being a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over the natural gums either on the mandibular or on the maxillary arch. There are a number of reasons rendering a person without tooth/teeth, the most common being removal due to dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal diseases and other factors like trauma, genetic defects, and developmental defects.
What are the different types of dentures?
These can be of two types:
Partial dentures: These replace one or a few missing teeth where the series of teeth is linked by a metal band that sits on the posterior surface of the existing teeth so that others cannot notice the band. Made of acrylic, these can be fixed partial dentures or removable partial dentures that can be removed without the help of a doctor.
Full dentures: These replace the teeth either in the upper jaw or in the lower jaw or both. Depending upon the time of placement, these can be conventional dentures, placed after the gums begin to heal.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Aesthetics: Loss of teeth greatly affects the appearance of a person, and replacing the lost teeth by dentures can restore the natural appearance and beauty of the face.
Pronunciation: Tooth loss affects the pronunciation of words that contain sibilants, and as a result of the placement of dentures, the patients can speak better.
Self-esteem: Dentures boost confidence and interaction ability as a result of improved looks and articulation.
Mastication: The chewing ability is regained by the placement of dentures. As a result, the nutrition of the patient is improved.
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