Removable Prosthodontics

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When patients are missing several or all of their teeth, removable prosthodontics may be a solution to restore the appearance and assist with chewing and/or speaking. The process involves a removable prosthetic device that replaces the missing teeth, commonly known as dentures. Removable prosthodontics devices can be removed by the wearer on a daily basis for cleaning and sleeping without any intervention from a dental professional, hence its name.

Removable prosthodontics involves careful and skilled molding and fabrication of each device to customize it for the wearer. Furthermore, depending on the types of dentures and the preference of the wearer, the way that removable prosthodontics are held in place may differ. Quality dentists or prosthodontists will make it their highest priority to ensure your dentures fit as comfortably as possible and provide the highest level of aesthetic and functional results.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used for patients with several missing (or irreversibly damaged) teeth who still have some healthy teeth remaining. For these patients, a removable prosthodontics device will be customized to replace the teeth that are missing and even the soft tissue that may be damaged. These are usually held in place with clasps that sit against the healthy natural teeth, with magnets that may be fixed into place, or may simply sit in place using the contours of the mouth combined with the saliva to form a seal.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, may be necessary when a patient has lost all of their upper or lower set of teeth, or has suffered irreparable damage to most of the remaining teeth. In the case of the latter, the damaged teeth will first need to be extracted and the tissue allowed to heal and settle before fabricating the permanent full dentures. The process of healing and settling of the jaw may take 6-8 weeks to complete, during which temporary dentures will be provided as an immediate solution.

Temporary Dentures

Preceding a removable prosthodontics procedure, tooth extractions are a common step to prep for the prosthetic device. For patients who have had recent extractions or a recent loss of teeth for any other reason, temporary dentures will be provided as an interim solution. This is to allow time for the gum and bone tissue to not only heal, but to also settle into their permanent positions after the trauma of tooth loss. Once the gum and bone have settled, a process that may take 6-8 weeks, your dentist will be able to take an oral mold for your permanent set of removable prosthodontics.

Benefits of Fixed Prosthodontics

The greatest benefit of fixed prosthodontics is that they are permanent restorations, lasting 10-15 years and in some cases, even a lifetime with proper care. Since they are permanently attached to your mouth, taking good care of them is simple, generally only requiring standard oral health practices such as regular checkups and teeth cleaning, as well as twice-daily brushing and flossing. It is also a good idea to stay away from very hard or sticky foods for most fixed prosthodontic treatments.

While many fixed prosthodontic devices come in a variety of materials, the most popular porcelain variety has the benefit of the appearance of real teeth to provide a naturally beautiful smile for our patients!

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Affordable Dentures for All Demographics

The greatest benefit of removable prosthodontics as a solution for missing teeth is that they are relatively cheap. Covered by many of the major insurance plans, finding a quality dentist to provide you with affordable dentures may be the most immediately economically viable solution for many patients.

Alternatives to Removable Prosthodontics

While dentures are the most affordable type of prosthodontics in the short run, there are other options for patients with missing teeth, namely dental bridges and dental implants. Below are some of the aspects to consider before making your final decision:

Long Term Cost: Dentures have the lowest upfront cost. While considered a permanent solution, they require continued adjustments and sometimes even refabrication as your jawbone will continue to shift over time. These adjustments and updates mean ongoing costs. In comparison, dental implants often last a lifetime without any need for adjustment, repairs, or replacement. In the long run, the total cost may be very similar or even higher for removable prosthodontics than for implant prosthodontics.

Aesthetics and Face Structure: Implant prosthodontics capped with dental crowns have the most natural look, followed by fixed prosthodontics (dental bridges), and finally removable prosthodontics. While dentures help prevent the shifting of any remaining teeth and jawbone deterioration associated with tooth loss to some degree, only the dental implant acts like a natural tooth root to keep the jawbone strong and in place. Since jawbone deterioration is highly associated with facial deformation, this can affect the aesthetics and face structure of the patient greatly.

Comfort and Functionality: Some patients have had great success with dentures for many years, while others have reported ongoing and even increasing discomfort. While implant prosthodontics is the most invasive of the tooth restoration procedures, and therefore brings the greatest initial discomfort and even pain, once healed and settled, they will feel and function almost exactly like natural healthy teeth.

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