Removable Dentures

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Removable Dentures

Removable dentures are one of the methods of replacing missing teeth, and are used very frequently. Such dentures are the most cost-effective way of recovering appearance and function.

Materials used in these treatments are very important when it comes to achieving optimal aesthetics and durability. Our laboratory technicians are experienced specialists who use the best materials and most advanced techniques.

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Acrylic Dentures vs. Skeleton Dentures

Acrylic dentures are the most cost effective dentures, used to replace anything from 1 to all teeth. They are normally all made from pink and/or transparent acrylic and may be fitted with hooks to retain them on teeth. Essentially, they are supported by mucous membranes (gums) while chewing.

Skeleton dentures are around 2 to 3 times more common than acrylic dentures. They can be used to replace 1 or more teeth, but not as a full set of dentures, as a few teeth are required for optimal functioning and retention. A stainless metal alloy (such as nickel-cobalt) is used for the support base or skeleton, which is fitted with teeth and acrylic gums. They are more comfortable than 100% acrylic dentures as they are smaller and finer, as well as stronger and less prone to fractures. Essentially, they are supported by teeth while chewing.

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Maintenance of Removable Dentures

This type of denture must be removed after every meal and brushed, along with the teeth present in the mouth. The denture must be cleaned more thoroughly at least once per day. A toothbrush, nail brush or a brush specifically for dentures must be used for this purpose. Cleaning products must not contain abrasive chemicals (e.g.: acetone, solvent, alcohol, bleach, etc.); toothpaste may be used, or dishwashing detergent (for optimal grease removal), effervescent tablets or appropriate foams.

Do not clean the denture while it is in the mouth. It must always be removed for cleaning. And don’t forget to thoroughly clean any teeth left in the mouth, particularly where they come into contact with the denture, as remains of food left between the denture and teeth can cause cavities and spoil the teeth. The use of dentures always involves an added risk factor for teeth and gums.

Removable dentures must be adjusted at least once per year, as there is no bone stimulation in areas that lack teeth, meaning that the bone is reabsorbed and dentures are left loose or tight; any space needs to be filled in with acrylic through a process known as lining. If this is not done, dentures can start to fit incorrectly, lose their function and appearance and can lead to aging alterations in the face.

Implantology - Removable Dentures
Image: Bone loss and jaw aging due to missing teeth
Alternative to Removable Dentures

Moveable dentures do no stimulate the bone mass. They recover function and aesthetics but your jaw ages all the same. There is always discomfort caused by the volume occupied by these dentures. There is always a lack of confidence caused by fear that others will notice the dentures, or even that they will move or fall out, particularly among the inexperienced.

Fixed teeth can be fitted to dental implants; the implants stimulate the bone cells and there is no bone re-absorption or aging of the jaws or face.

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