Which types of dentures would be best for you?
Conventional dentures cover the entire jaw for people who are missing all of their teeth. These types of dentures are only put in place after all the remaining teeth are removed and the gums are completely healed, which usually takes about four weeks. Usually, conventional dentures are custom made for each person’s mouth in a process that takes several weeks. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth, and have several trial fitting until the conventional denture is actually made.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the patient does not have to wait without teeth during the healing period. However, during the healing period, bones and gums shrink. Which makes immediate dentures very unstable and need more adjustments compared to the conventional dentures. Because of this disadvantage, we only recommend these types of dentures as a temporary solution.
The new generation of flexible dentures brought so many new improvements to make dentures more comfortable and natural. The old generation of dentures are too hard and less flexible, they put much pressure on your teeth and damage your gum tissue, and the hideous metal hooks make them aesthetically inacceptable . The new flexible dentures are lighter, flexible and almost unbreakable. The hooks are totally invisible, with a large color choice that is more natural and durable. The allergic reaction that was found in the old acrylic resin dentures disappears with the nylon based new generation of dentures.
The advantages of flexible dentures
Flexible dentures are made of nylon based materials which make them:
- Non allergic / Biocompatible
- Very flexible
- More aesthetic
- Almost Unbreakable
- Less traumatic
- Larger color choice
- Light weight
- Totally invisible hooks
- Life time warranty for breaks and fractures
Implant supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures are the lovechild of implants and dentures. This technique requires that an oral surgeon will surgically attach four to six implants into your jaw bone. The dental implants are then given time to fuse with the patient’s jawbone tissue properly. This usually takes anywhere between three to six months.
After that a unique set of dentures is attached to the implants. Once inserted, these dentures cannot be removed without the assistance of the dentist. That is the difference between traditional and implant supported dentures
. This technique has many advantages like:
- preventing bone loss
- It feels more natural in the mouth
- The patient can go back to enjoying his/her favorite foods
- They offer the maximum stability and retention
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