Healthy Smiles Dental
Matthew T. Kingston, DMD
Dentures, also called fake teeth or prosthetic teeth, are designed to replace diseased or missing teeth. They are made exclusively for each patient, so it can fit snugly in the mouth. People who have lost their teeth or are suffering from decayed teeth can get prosthetic teeth especially when their dentists have ruled out that other treatment options such as medication, cleaning, or gum flap surgery are no longer effective.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of prosthetic teeth: partial or complete. The type of fake teeth that are used will depend on the needs of the patient. But nevertheless, let us discuss the different types of prosthetic teeth
that are available in the market.
Partial prosthetic teeth: Partial prosthetic teeth are done on patients that have a few missing teeth. The partial prosthetic teeth can be fixed or removable depending on the recommendation of the dentist. For instance, if only a tooth is missing, the dentist may suggest a fixed denture. However, fixed dentures are more expensive than removable prosthetic teeth.
Complete prosthetic teeth: Complete dentures are often installed when the entire set of teeth–lower or upper jaw–need to be replaced. There are four types of complete prosthetics and these include standard, immediate, implant retained, and Cu-Sil prosthetic teeth.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Prosthetic Teeth
There are several things to consider when choosing the type of dentures and these include support, retention, and stability. It is important that the tissues and gums can support the dentures by preventing them from moving vertically and getting out of place. Another factor, stability, has to do with how the prosthetic teeth are kept from moving horizontally or sideways, forward, and backward. Lastly, retention refers to the matching of the inner surface of the denture base so that the dentures will have the best retention.