What are Conventional Dentures?

Dentures, also known as “false teeth,” is a prosthesis worn by those missing real teeth. It is inserted in the mouth, replacing the natural teeth and providing support for the lips, mouth, and cheeks. Typically acrylic-made, complete dentures are designed like a horseshoe, leaving ample room for a person’s tongue on the lower arch.

The teeth are made of porcelain or plastic, and at times, both. There are two types of conventional dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Both can be removed from the mouth.

Over a period of time, dentures will need to be replaced or relined in order to maintain the jaw alignment. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Unfortunately, as the the bone and gum ridges recede, the dentures tend to become loose causing discomfort when eating and speaking. This can be relieved with the use of over-the-counter denture adhesive or a reline during your dental visit.

Regular dentist examinations are still important in order to monitor bone levels, gum tissues, and to check for any diseases. Complete dentures are an economical solution for patients who have had all their teeth missing or will need to have all their teeth removed.

Complete Dentures vs. Dental Implants

The alternative to complete dentures are dental implants, which we offer at our facility as well. Complete dentures have improved in quality over the years. However, complete dentures differ in ways versus dental implants. Consult with one of our doctors to see which procedure best fits you.

  • Complete dentures are more economical
  • Dental implants look and feel more like real teeth
  • Complete dentures are removable, unlike dental implants
  • Dentures are better suitable for those with weaker and unhealthy gums and jaws
  • Dentures provide a less invasive procedure
  • Dentures may provide discomfort and eventual replacement
  • Regular cleaning required for dentures

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