A bridge, more commonly known as a denture, is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin and sometimes in combination with various metals.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth. This prevents other teeth from moving or changing position. Dentures improve chewing and speech abilities and support facial muscles, which greatly enhance facial appearance and smile.
If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, then complete dentures are a suitable dental treatment option for you. On the other hand, a partial denture is ideal for those who have lost a few teeth but still have some natural teeth. Depending on your unique case, you can have a full denture on the upper or lower jaw or even both.
Complete dentures are called “conventional” or “immediate,” depending on when they are made and inserted into the mouth. In most cases, immediate dentures are placed immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to remain without teeth during the healing period.
Bones and gums tend to shrink over time, especially during the healing period within the first six months after teeth removal. When this happens, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.
A partial denture is a removable appliance that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. Partial dentures are often a solution when several teeth are missing.
The denture process may require five appointments which can be completed within a month in the following order.
For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Be sure to consult our team at a Campus Dentist clinic near you on how to insert and remove the dentures.
Start by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces and chewing on both sides of the mouth to distribute the pressure on the dentures evenly. Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum, especially while you are adjusting to the dentures.
If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your dentist immediately. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory.
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Poorly fitting denture causes constant irritation after some time which may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or replacement. If your dentures begin to feel loose or cause significant discomfort, consult your dentist immediately.