For many patients who are missing teeth dentures are the simplest solution. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues, using artificially produced reproductions that look almost identical to the real thing. There are a great many types of dentures available, each customized to the individual patient. Dentures may be complete or partial, depending on whether the patient is missing all of his or her teeth or only some. Dentures perform several important functions, helping patients to eat and speak more normally. They also keep facial muscles from sagging, thus preventing an aged appearance.
Simply Natural Dentures™
Simply Natural Dentures™ are dentures customized to meet particular patient needs based on patient age, desired tooth shade, gender, and natural tissue contours. They are designed to provide optimal comfort, function, and to capture the patient’s distinctively pleasing smile. Known from their gap-free appearance, Simply Natural Dentures are ideal for patients allergic to acrylic since they are made of vinyl-based material.
When only a few teeth are missing, partial dentures are appropriate. Partial dentures can be attached to natural teeth in a number of ways. Typically, the partial dentures are attached by metal clasps. There is also a method in which precision attachments, which are less noticeable, are used. Partial dentures can also be attached to crowns. Since the crowns may actually improve the fit of partial dentures, there are times when crowns are required in order to use precision attachments.
Valplast ® Partials
One of the primary advantages of Valplast® Partials is that they are constructed of a flexible plastic that is thin, fits more naturally into the mouth and is nearly invisible. They are considerably less rigid and bulky than other dental materials and are more stable. They also have the advantage of not requiring metal clasps to keep them secured and come in a range of natural-looking colors. Beyond all of these advantages, they are more durable than other dentures.
Valplast ® Combos
Valplast ® Combos are created to combine the lightweight flexibility of plastic with the stability of a metal framework, providing increased resistance to wear. They are known for their excellent durability.
As their name implies, implant-supported dentures are dentures that, instead of simply resting on the gums as regular dentures do, are attached to implants. Implant-supported dentures are used when the patient has no teeth, but retains enough bone in the jaw to support implants. These dentures are usually made for the lower jaw, a location in which typical dentures are less stable, but can be designed for the upper jaw as well. Implant-supported dentures are removed for daily cleaning of the mouth and of the dentures themselves. They are not worn during sleep.
Full, or complete, dentures are constructed to replace all of the natural teeth. Usually some seriously damaged or diseased teeth have to be removed, and the gum tissue has to be at least partially healed before the full dentures can be inserted. Typically, it takes about 8 to 12 weeks for the patient’s mouth to be ready to receive the full dentures.
Temporary, or immediate, dentures are created before the patient undergoes any oral surgery and are designed to replace lost teeth immediately after surgery. Although they will not fit as well as customized, permanent dentures, they will keep patients from looking toothless and maintain the shape of the face.
Though the temporary dentures are made using the same basic technique as that employed in manufacturing permanent dentures, they are not fabricated to fit the mouth after gum tissues have healed. During the recovery period, gum tissues will shrink, so the fit will be different. Many patients still find it worthwhile to have temporary dentures for the interim period and also like the idea of having a spare set of dentures in case their permanent plates are lost or damaged.