Dentures
are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. Unlike dental implants and dental bridges, which are more or less permanently affixed to the bone, dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure.

Dentures can be removed at night, for cleaning, or whenever desired. The most affordable dentures are those made with traditional plastic prosthetic teeth, but even more expensive porcelain cosmetic dentures usually cost less than implants. Read the sections below for an overview of the various types of dentures, as well as denture alternatives and price information.

Types Of Dentures

There are several types of dentures available; their cost will vary depending on the materials used :

Full Dentures
Conventional Dentures
Immediate Dentures
Over Dentures
Natural looking Cosmetic Dentures
Partial Dentures

Full Dentures

Full dentures are for those patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both. Full dentures restore confidence in one’s appearance, and help the wearer to speak and eat normally.

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Conventional Dentures

Conventional dentures are those that are placed once the bones and gums have healed after the removal of natural teeth. While there is a waiting period that can be frustrating, the dentures normally fit right the first time, since the new shape of the mouth and gums has been established. Conventional dentures are also the most affordable dentures option.

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Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures, as the name implies, are placed as soon as the natural teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the patient need not face the world without teeth, can eat normally much sooner than with conventional dentures, and does not have the speech problems associated with the normal denture process. However, since healing of the gums and jaw will change the fit of immediate dentures, the patient will typically need a new set in about six months.

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Over Dentures

Dentures that are made over implants and teeth are called over-dentures. They greatly improve the firmness of the dentures, and prevent shrinkage of the ridges.

"Dentures anchored by implants result in a significantly better chewing performance than conventional removable dentures.” Dentists sometimes save some teeth rather than extract all of them. This is to preserve the ridges and to improve the firmness of the denture that will fit over them. These retained teeth usually need root canal treatment, and may have gold crowns or covers placed over them.

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Natural looking Cosmetic Dentures

Instead of traditional plastic prosthetic teeth, natural looking cosmetic dentures are made with modern ceramic porcelain teeth. The dentures are usually individually crafted, and look more like real teeth than the plastic variety. Cosmetic dentures also have a more natural looking support structure, and though they may cost a bit more than conventional dentures, they are truly difficult to distinguish from real teeth.

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Partial Dentures

For those who have lost some teeth, but don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, partial dentures are an affordable option. Removable partial dentures are held in place by natural teeth, gums, and a connective structure made of plastic and metal.

  1. Cast Partial Denture

    A removable partial denture can be made of acrylic (plastic like material) or a combination of acrylic with metallic framework. The metallic framework is usually made of cast metal. The metal used may be gold based or chrome cobalt alloy. These metallic dentures or cast partial dentures are much superior to the regular acrylic dentures.

    Partial dentures use a variety of mechanisms to stay in place. Close physical contact of the denture with the underlying soft tissue along with the intervening saliva provides one means of retention. In addition the cast partial dentures have metallic clasps, which hold on to the remaining teeth that help in keeping the denture in place.

    The largest single advantage that cast metal framework partial dentures have over the newer flexible framework partials (covered below) is that sore spots are almost never an issue since neither the framework, nor the plastic extensions contact the soft oral tissues with any force!

    Patients who exhibit the symptoms of TMJ, or who are known bruxers are much better off with cast metal partials than with flexible framework partials.  

     
  2. Valplast® Flexible Partial Dentures.   

      
    Patients with metal clasp partial dentures often express that they feel self-conscious about smiling, conversing and even enjoying a meal. Not so with the all-new Valplast Flexible Partial Denture from DAL. Lightweight, practically invisible, and wonderfully comfortable, Valplast has been pleasing dental patients for over fifty years.

    With Valplast you can create metal-free, lightweight flexible partial dentures that provide a natural tissue blend effect...with translucency that picks up the patient's natural tissue tone. This translucency is combined with a simulation of natural blood vessels that readily adapts to a variety of natural tissue shades. In addition to the natural coloration, each Valplast partial is designed to follow the pattern of natural gum formations with thin clasp designs- making the restoration practically unnoticeable when worn.

    With Valplast you have a proven partial denture system that can be designed with a lightweight, metal-free base or used in combination with a cast metal partial framework for enhanced stability and natural-looking esthetics. With either option, you can be assured that you are providing your patients with the finest in partial denture treatment.

  3. Vitallium Partial Frameworks

    Nickel and Beryllium free, Vitallium chrome cobalt is the premium partial denture alloy. Unique physical properties enable the technician to achieve sound, strong, resilient castings designed to fit at first insertion and to function well during a long and useful life.

    •Superior cast frameworks
    •Professionally designed for patient's individual needs
    •Maximum fit and function
    •Ultimate in durability and longevity

 

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