Traditional Dentures are prosthetic devices that basically serve as false teeth. They can take the place of some (partial) or all (complete) teeth. Dentures support facial muscles, tissues of the mouth and functions like chewing and talking. People become edentulous for many reasons, when this occurs dentures should be considered as a viable replacement.
Another benefit of removable partial dentures is the minimal tooth preparation that they require. The tooth structure must be slightly removed to accommodate the device.
A fixed partial denture is a permanently attached prosthetic device, supported by implants or prepared natural teeth, that replaces one or more missing teeth. The fixed partial denture is better known as a bridge, and is recognized as an advanced dental solution. To learn more about this restoration please click here.
Traditional Dentures: Complete
These complete traditional dentures can be quite uncomfortable if they are not properly fitted to maximize retention and stability. In order to ensure a proper fit, it is important to make use of the total available surface area of the mouth. Typically the full upper denture will cover the entire palate of the upper mouth, creating a large surface area for attachment. The suction between the denture and the soft tissues of the mouth create an air tight seal allowing for secure adhesion.
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Limitations of Dentures
The inability to prevent bone re-absorption is another pitfall of complete traditional dentures. The presence of teeth is a major factor in preserving the jaw ridge, and maintaining its bone density. Without the structural support of the teeth, bone is reabsorbed, resulting in loss of the jaw ridge and softening of gum tissues. This can lead to more instability of the traditional denture, as well as increased discomfort.
This loss of structure will cause traditional dentures to recede, changing the fit and bite of the prosthesis. Each patient is different, but it is recommended that dentures be relined every 2 years, with replacement necessary after 5 to 6 years.