Tooth loss is a common problem that affects many people. The lack of teeth can affect the masticatory function, the phonation and the stability of the jaws. Fortunately, removable dentures are a common solution to replace missing teeth and improve the patient’s quality of life.

What are removable dental prostheses?

Removable dental prostheses are artificial elements used to replace missing teeth. As the name implies, these dentures can be put on and taken off, allowing for better hygiene for the jawbones and natural teeth. Removable dental prostheses are used when it is not possible to place a fixed bridge or dental implant.

Removable dentures are made of different materials, such as acrylic, resin, and metal. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to discuss the options with your dentist to choose the best option for your needs and budget.

How are removable dentures placed?

The placement of a removable denture usually requires several visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will examine the mouth and take impressions of the teeth and jaw bones to design the dental prosthesis. Then, the dentist will send the information to a dental laboratory for the manufacture of the prosthesis.

At the second visit, the dentist will try on the denture and make any necessary adjustments to make sure it fits properly and feels comfortable. It is common for several additional visits to be required to adjust the denture and make sure it fits perfectly.

Currently, removable dentures can also be placed on dental implants. Implant-supported prostheses are removable dental prostheses that are attached to dental implants and remain fixed in place. This allows the patient to eat and speak much more comfortably, without worrying about the denture moving or slipping out of place.

“Teeth are not tools for opening bottles or for chewing ice.”

How long do removable dentures last?

The duration of removable dental prostheses largely depends on dental care and the choice of material used. Dentures made of durable materials can last for many years if properly maintained. It is important to brush your teeth and dentures twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly to make sure your dentures are in good shape and there are no cavities or gum problems.

In conclusion, removable dentures are a common solution to replace missing teeth. If you are considering a removable denture, discuss your needs and options with a qualified dentist to determine the best solution for you. With proper dental care, a removable denture can last for many years and improve your oral health and quality of life.


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