Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, Dr. Samra may recommend either complete/full dentures or a partial denture.
Partial Dentures can work very well or be very unstable depending on the teeth being replaced and the design limitations presented by an individual’s oral health. They are made of a combination of acrylic (plastic) teeth and gums as well as metal clasps (wires that grip the remaining teeth) and perhaps metal frameworks for extra strength.
Because they readily collect plaque and food, they may increase the risk of tooth decay if not kept meticulously clean – the partials AND the teeth.
Complete dentures can work very well and some people insist they are the best. Interestingly, you will hear little said by people who have not had much success with complete dentures. There are several problems associated with complete dentures.
• The success and firmness of fit depends on the amount and shape of the remaining gums.
• As soon as the natural teeth are lost, the gums begin to shrink.
• Shrinkage of gums contributes to increasing looseness over time.
• Relining the dentures every few years can help.
• Eventually the gums shrink enough that dentures are hopelessly loose and uncomfortable.
• Ultimately the height of the face and the support of the lips and cheeks collapse giving a more aged look.
Many denture related problems can be improved by placing 2 or 3 implants that have attachments for the dentures to “snap” onto for much improved stability.