Dentures - Types
Even in old age, the health of mouth and teeth is important, as they not only provide a better quality of life, but also influence general health. Due to demographic developments, dentistry for the elderly is also becoming increasingly important in our dental practice. Make an appointment now for a detailed consultation.
When second teeth become fewer due to the natural aging process, there are different possibilities to restore an intact set of teeth. A distinction is made between removable and fixed dentures.
Partial dentures, also called partial dentures, are attached to still existing teeth with the help of special clasps. They are often used when there is a free-end situation or when there are very large gaps.
So-called full dentures, also known as total dentures, are used when the patient is completely edentulous. Full dentures can replace the entire dentition and make chewing and carefree laughter possible again.
Fixed dentures are usually bridges that can be attached to the remaining teeth in case of smaller gaps or implants that are firmly anchored in the jaw. Implants have the advantage that on the one hand they are firmly fixed and can hardly be distinguished optically from real teeth. In our practice we also offer a special method, the so-called All-on-4, which is a very uncomplicated option for the restoration of fixed third teeth compared to the use of conventional implants.
A combination of fixed and removable dentures is the so-called telescope prosthesis. It consists of a part anchored to the remaining teeth and a removable part. The telescopic crowns fixed to the teeth are made of metal, the prosthesis is made of plastic. Especially for patients who want the comfort of fixed dentures, but do not want to pay the price for inserting implants, telescopic dentures offer a perfect alternative. The only condition is that stable abutment teeth must still be present.
Dental prostheses - Treatment procedure
After a detailed consultation in our Seehofer dental practice, if you have decided to have a partial or full denture, the first step is to measure the current tooth situation. Any remaining teeth and the masticatory ridge are analysed either with a plastic impression material or with the help of a 3D scan, which saves our patients from having to take an unpleasant tooth impression. Based on the impression or the digital images, the desired prosthesis is now individually manufactured in our in-house practice laboratory.
Dentures - Acclimatisation
After the prosthesis has been made, it usually takes some time for the patient to get used to the foreign body in the mouth. The duration of the acclimatisation phase varies from patient to patient. At the beginning, some patients feel a pain of pressure, especially with full dentures that rest on the ridge of the jaw, but this disappears after a few days.
Especially in the evening the prosthesis should be well cleaned. Ideally, you should brush all inner and outer surfaces as well as the occlusal surfaces of the denture with a special denture brush and an antibacterial denture cleaning gel and then wash it off thoroughly. To remove stubborn plaque and discoloration, place the denture in a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet once a week overnight.