The earliest examples of dental prosthetics are hand-crafted dentures dating back to the times of ancient civilizations. Cultures around the world have explored dentures painstakingly carving them from bone or wood. Luckily, the field of dentistry didn’t stay that way. We still have dentures, today, but they are much more sophisticated than the relics of the past.
At Mint Dental Alaska, we have a variety of options for anyone looking for dentures in Anchorage. As a patient, you can choose between the different types of dentures as well as other tooth prosthetic options.
The first type of denture is the one you typically think about when you think about false teeth. Complete dentures are entire sets of false teeth that can be fitted over the gums when a patient has lost all of his or her teeth. Dentures are typically made from an acrylic-type material that is both strong enough to withstand the pressure of chewing but flexible enough to do so without harming the gums underneath.
There are actually two types of complete dentures, differing the way the treatment proceeds. With conventional dentures, you have to wait 8-12 weeks after you lose your teeth to get the actual dentures from your dentist. There are two reasons for this. First, the dentist needs some time to shape the dentures to fit your month, and secondly, you need to wait for your gum tissue to heal before your mouth is ready for the denture.
Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are created beforehand and can be worn immediately after a tooth or teeth are extracted. Although convenient, immediate dentures have the disadvantage of requiring more adjustments. The shape of a person’s jaw and mouth changes after losing teeth, and immediate dentures aren’t able to accommodate this change like conventional dentures. As a result, immediate dentures are typically treated as temporary solutions that help in the transition period between losing the teeth and getting a conventional denture.
But what if you haven’t lost all your teeth? What if you’re missing a couple or even just one? Because complete dentures are impractical solutions for people missing just a few teeth, dentists have developed an alternative to regular dentures, aptly named “partial dentures.”
Partial dentures sort of resemble an incomplete normal denture. It consists of the prosthetics for the missing teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base. Removable partial dentures often have small metal wires that resemble clasps that help attach the denture to the nearby teeth, holding the system in place. Typically, a partial denture blends in perfectly and is undetectable by an outside observer.
Partial dentures can be fixed, or permanent, as well. These partial dentures are created from by “bridging” the gap with a prosthetic that is attached via dental crowns placed on the adjacent teeth. The result is cemented in place and is a more permanent solution than removable partial dentures. At Mint Dental, we have experience working with both removable and fixed partial dentures.
Whether you’re missing a few teeth, a whole set, we at Mint Dental Alaska are always happy to talk to you about whether you need dentures. If you’re exploring options to replace currently missing teeth, we’d be happy to evaluate your case and prescribe treatments accordingly. We’d love to talk to you about the services we provide as well for your complete oral health. Just give us a call at (907) 646-8672 or visit our website at mintdentalak.com to set up an appointment today!