Complete Dentures

What are Complete Dentures?

Full dentures, or full dentures, are removable device that can be used to replace missing teeth. The teeth of the prosthesis are made of porcelain or acrylic and held together by an acrylic base. Partial dentures are similar but used only to replace certain teeth, while a full denture replaces the entire set. Full dentures may be necessary when you lose all of your teeth and they can help fill in your appearance and leave you more confident to smile.

How are Dentures Made?

The base of a dental prosthesis is intended to imitate natural gum tissue and is made of carefully pigmented acrylic called polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA. Visible PMMA surfaces are highly polished to look as natural as possible, and they also help prevent bacteria from accumulating on your dentures to keep them fresh and clean.

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The upper dentures tend to cover the roof of your mouth, while the lower dentures are U-shaped to ensure there is enough room for your tongue,

The upper and lower dentures rest on the gum tissue and suction helps keep them in place. The denture adhesive can also help secure your dentures and prevent any food particles from causing discomfort, which can happen if they get stuck under the denture.

Getting used to Life with Dentures


It may take a while to get used to your dentures, but by talking to your dentist they will be able to advise you on what to expect and help you feel comfortable.

Eating and talking with your dentures can be a bit difficult at first, but rest assured, with a little practice, you will be back to normal in no time.

To help keep your dentures in good condition, try to stick to a thorough daily cleaning program. Removing them at night (unless otherwise noted) will give your gums a rest and store them safely when not in use will help maintain their appearance.

Full dentures can have a positive impact on your life, bringing a smile back to your face and helping you feel like you are again.

Definition and Overview

Full dentures are a complete set of replacement teeth used in the lower (mandibular) or upper (maxillary) regions to replace teeth that have been extracted due to severe gum disease or tooth decay.

The teeth are among the hardest parts of the body, but there are cases when they are damaged. Usually, it is because of tooth decay that develops due to the buildup of plaque or bacteria that gets into the gums,causing inflammation and puffiness.

The dentist’s role is to ensure that the teeth are saved as much as possible. Otherwise, at least a large part of the structure is preserved. However, when the damage is severe, teeth are extracted as the last option. If teeth remain, the option is a partial denture, which can also serve as a bridge. When multiple teeth from the upper or lower section need to be removed,
full dentures are the best option.

Complete dentures can be immediate or not

They are conventional when they require several dental visits and when the impressions are only obtained after removing the teeth and curing the gums. On the other hand, immediate dentures are ready even before tooth extraction. In this way, the patient does not leave the clinic without teeth. These are readjusted once the gums have completely healed.

The different materials used to create prostheses include metal,acrylic and nylon. They can also be wax-based to mimic the natural look of teeth and gums.

  • All teeth have been removed
  • There are problems with the bite due to missing teeth
    Missing teeth make the patient less confident-One of the reasons why many prefer to get dentures is that they want to boost their self-confidence. Missing teeth can certainly make a person more aware, embarrassed or even depressed

Immediate results can be expected as soon as the dentures are attached. Although they do not fully resemble the original teeth,
they can help restore certain functions, including speech and bite. They can also prevent unnecessary movement of the teeth or jaw.

How Does the Procedure Work?


Whether the prostheses are conventional or immediate, the first step is consultation. The dentist must carefully assess the general condition of the teeth, gums, and even bones. Various examinations, including physical and imaging tests, are performed. If there are persistent problems such as a root canal infection, they are treated first to avoid further damage.

Before dentures can be attached, damaged or decayed teeth must be removed first. During the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to numb the pain. If the patient is agitated, nervous, or anxious, sedation may be administered.

Using tools such as tweezers and drills, the teeth are removed from the roots and tissue one by one.
It may take a few visits to the dentist before all the teeth are extracted.

In conventional dentures, impressions are obtained after all of the affected teeth have been extracted.
The patient can be fitted with temporary prostheses to ensure ease of biting and eating. Dentures can also be used while healing the gums.

During the next appointment, the prostheses are then adjusted in the mouth, making sure that they nestle well in the roof or the palate.

In immediate dentures, the dentist obtains dental impressions before removing the teeth. During the next visit and immediately after the removal of all the teeth,
the immediate dentures are then adjusted. How ever the patient may have to go back once the gums have healed to change the size of the prostheses.

Possible Risks and Complications of complete dentures


Dentures tend to loosen, and nothing is more annoying than accidentally dropping them in public. Fortunately,
there are already over-the-counter dental adhesives that can help fix the base to the mouth. In addition,
the patient may need to visit the dentist regularly for readjustments.

Meanwhile, there are risks associated with tooth extraction such as swelling, pain and infection. To minimize the three,
the dentist may suggest an antibiotic and a pain reliever. Home remedies like an ice pack or a compress can also reduce swelling.

Some dentures may seem artificial, which may mean that it is easy for others to know that you are wearing them.