11/05/2012  |  
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All About Removable Dentures

In the United States today, some 26% of adults between 65 and 74 have lost all of their teeth; many more have partial tooth loss. Besides having a negative impact on an individual's self-image, missing teeth can also lead to nutritional problems, and even systemic health disorders. Removable dentures are one solution to the problem of missing teeth, a time-tested method that's dependable and economical.

Whether they're full or partial, dentures consist of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin, on which the hard prosthetic teeth are set. The base fits snugly atop the remaining alveolar (bone) ridge that formerly held the natural teeth, and is held on primarily by the suctioning effect of its close fit.

There are several different types of full dentures in common use: Immediate dentures are intended to replace missing teeth while healing is taking place, and to help you transition between recent tooth loss and the inevitable bone and gum tissue remodeling that occurs; Conventional full dentures are a relatively inexpensive way of replacing all of your teeth with long-lasting materials that conform to your mouth accurately; Implant-supported overdentures offer increased stability because they're anchored into the jaw with two or more dental implants.

Like full immediate dentures, inexpensive transitional partial dentures serve as temporary tooth replacements and space maintainers following the extraction of some (but not all) teeth. Removable partial dentures are carefully-crafted, permanent replacements for a group of missing teeth. Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

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