Dentures are an excellent option for many people, not just the elderly as is typically believed. When a tooth or multiple teeth requires removal due to an infection or damage that cannot be restored by way of a filling or implant, most dentists will recommend dentures.
These products are generally made from a few different materials, with acrylic plastic and porcelain being the most popular. Modern dentures can be made to mimic a person’s real teeth and gum line, so as to make them appear more aesthetically appealing and allow the patient to carry out normal, daily activities.
What Type of Dentures are Right for Me?
Whereas complete dentures are intended to be full replacement (lower, upper or both sets of teeth), partials can be used to fill in gaps where individual teeth once were. It is not recommended to leave the missing space unfilled, as over time the neighboring teeth will naturally shift inwards, causing further problems with regards to jaw alignment.
Given the importance of immediate placement, immediate dentures are often inserted prior to the permanent, conventional set. The initial ones aid in the protection of delicate gum tissue and in stopping blood loss once the infected tooth or teeth have been removed. Only after the tissue has had adequate time to heal can the permanent set be installed (8 to 12 weeks on average).
Your dentist will advise which dentures are best during your initial consultation, but in most cases partial types are used in patients who have otherwise healthy teeth despite the problem area. Since no denture can ever fully replace the strength of their real counterparts, your doctor will only recommend a complete set if the situation calls for such action. Having one tooth extracted as a result of an accident does not necessitate removal of the surrounding teeth, but a serious case of gum disease and decay easily could.