The oldest way to replace missing teeth is with complete dental prosthetics, or dentures for short. Dentures are somewhat of an umbrella term: dentures can be made of very different materials, and they can be fixed in place in many different ways as well.
All dentures can be removed by hand without damage to the mouth or the appliance: some can be removed at home, and some can only be removed by a dentist.
Although wearing dentures is something you will need to get used to, most patients get comfortable with their dentures after a short interval, as it takes a bit of time to get used to the everyday routines.
Complete, removable layered dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing from a jaw. The prosthesis is made from plastic teeth, and the torque of chewing is soaked up by layers of thin sheet metal, which are covered by a layer of artificial gums. Removable dentures are kept in place via the vacuum generated in the mouth, and this can be helped with denture adhesives.
These devices are used in case the patient only has a few teeth missing, but the remaining teeth make a complete denture impossible. It is made of the same parts and materials that a full denture is made of, but may have some extra clips and parts used to affix the dentures to the rest of the teeth. The denture is kept in place via vacuum, or via denture adhesives.
The new generation of dentures- combining all of the benefits of fixed, dental implant based dentures, but with minimizing the negative effects of removable dentures. Overdentures are particularly good at replacing entire rows of teeth, and they are usually anchored with 2-4 dental implants. The shape of the overdenture is somewhat smaller than the actual rows of teeth, and is horseshoe shaped, as this is the most comfortable shape for the patient.
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