Prosthetic teeth or dentures are also referred to as artificial teeth. They are designed to replace single or multiple missing teeth of an individual. They are made exclusively to fit the mouth of individual patients. They derive their support from hard and soft tissues which surround them in the oral cavity.
The need for Dentures:
Those who have been suffering from severely decayed teeth or have lost their teeth due to various oral diseases or trauma are often advised by their dentists to get their teeth replaced either fully or partially by dentures. Dentures come into picture after all other conservative treatment options like flap surgery, scaling, splinting etc have failed to preserve the tooth.
Whether natural or artificial, teeth provide support to cheeks and lips and give an individual a younger look as compared to those who are devoid of teeth.Therefore, dentures not only help the patients to masticate or chew their foods properly but at the same time, it also helps to improve their speech and facial appearance to a great extent.
What are the Different types of Dentures?
There are two different types of dentures available, they are as:
Partial Dentures: For patients who have a couple of missing teeth, for them, partial denture would be the perfect option. These dentures can either be of fixed or removable variety. If the loss of teeth has occurred due to any trauma or due to the extraction of decayed or mobile teeth, in that case, the dentist can suggests a fixed partial denture in the form of crown and bridge or a removable partial denture depending on the amount of support available from adjacent teeth
Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are used when the entire set of teeth on the upper or lower jaw needs to be replaced. The different types of complete dentures available are:
Conventional complete Dentures
Single complete dentures
Implant supported Dentures, and