What is a standard denture?
Standard dentures are a removable appliances to replace missing teeth and are constructed with basic tooth shades and shapes. There are two types of standard dentures; complete or partial. Complete dentures are for loss of all teeth in an arch. While partial dentures are used to fill the spaces created by missing teeth. Some reasons you may need complete or partial dentures are:
- Your current dentures need to be replaced
- You require some or all remaining teeth extracted
- Enhance your smile and facial tissues
- Restoring a full compliment of teeth to improve chewing, speech, digestion and/or to prevent natural teeth from shifting.
What does the process of getting dentures involve?
You will require several appointments. Preliminary Impressions, Final Impressions, Bite Registration, Try in and Delivery. These appointments are to ensure your denture has accurate measurements, proper shape, colour and fit. In some circumstances patients may need more or less appointments as the Denturist sees fit. At the time of delivery, your Denturist will precisely adjust and place the denture to give you a comfortable fit.
Complete standard dentures will fit comfortably and function satisfactory however, they are constructed using physiological averages and do not take into consideration the anatomical differences between each individual. What this means for you is possibly more adjustments and a denture that will wear faster. If esthetics and functionality are important you may want to explore the different types of denture teeth that are used on a standard denture vs. a precision denture. Your Denturist will provide you with an explanation of all of the differences between a standard and precision denture during your complimentary consultation.
Partial dentures most often are constructed out of a metal and acrylic composition. The design process involved in creating a removable partial (denture) is specific to the patient’s needs. Metal partials are considered stronger structurally, thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually recommended as a transitional or temporary partial. Every effort is made to design a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral structures.
When a partial denture is designed, the denturist acknowledges that chewing places a strain on the remaining teeth during eating. Partial dentures are designed with this in mind so that the chewing forces can be distributed evenly over the entire remaining teeth and soft tissues. A properly designed partial denture will assist in support of your existing teeth and in some cases design modifications to your remaining teeth may be required to help equalize these forces.