There are three types of removable dental prostheses-complete dentures, removable partial dentures supported by gum tissue and remaining teeth, and overdentures, supported by roots of natural teeth, or implants. They may be made from acrylics (plastic), metal or porcelain.
- Partial Dentures may require minor preparation for some of the teeth.
As with all procedures, there are certain potential problems associated with removable appliances. These include, but are not limited to:
- Chewing, stability and retention - Removable dentures do not have the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth. The stability and retention of dentures depends on many factors, including the attachment of the dentures to natural teeth or implants if any, the amount and type of bone, gum tissue, and saliva, as well as the patient's dexterity and the fit of the dentures.
- Every attempt will be made to create a natural appearance for the dentures, however, it may not be possible for the dentures to support lip and facial contours perfectly.
- The presence of acrylics, metal or porcelain in areas that are not normally covered can alter speech and will require adaptation of the tongue and lips for proper speech.
- Dentures can affect the taste of food, especially if the dentures are not properly cleaned.
- Dentures may acquire stains and odor. Proper cleaning is important.
- Dentures are subject to wear as are all fabricated appliances or restorations. Worn portions may be replaced or the entire denture may need replacement.
- Relines may be needed as the gum tissue and bone underneath change with time.
- Removable appliances may retain food in certain spots. This is unavoidable and requires that the patient practice meticulous home care.
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