Removable complete and partial dentures

Removable Complete and Partial Dentures

Removable dentures are dental prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are designed to be easily taken out and put back in the mouth.

Types of removable dentures

There are two kinds of removable dentures: complete and flexible partial dentures.
Complete Dentures
These dentures are recommended when all the natural teeth in either the upper arch (maxillary arch) or lower arch (mandibular arch) are missing. Complete dentures are custom-made to fit the shape and contours of the patient’s mouth, providing a functional and aesthetic replacement for missing teeth.
Partial Dentures:
Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used when a few natural teeth remain in your mouth. They are designed to fill the gaps created by missing teeth, improving both appearance and functionality.
Partial denture

When does one need removable complete and flexible partial dentures?

Removable dentures, including complete dentures and partial dentures, may be recommended in the following situations:

1.   Complete Dentures

  • When all the natural teeth in the upper or lower arch are missing
  • When extensive tooth loss or severe dental problems make it necessary to remove the remaining teeth
  • When existing teeth are no longer functional or causing significant pain or discomfort

2.   Partial Dentures

  • When some natural teeth are missing, and the remaining teeth are strong and healthy enough for supporting a partial denture
  • When a patient wants to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth for aesthetic reasons
  • When missing teeth affect the ability to chew food properly or maintain facial structure

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What are the advantages of removable complete and partial dentures?

Removable dentures allow individuals to bite and chew food more effectively.

Removable dentures provide support to the facial muscles, including the tongue and lips, helping to improve speech and articulation.
Complete and partial dentures are designed to resemble natural teeth, which can significantly enhance a person’s appearance. Dentures are custom-made to match the size, shape, and colour of the surrounding teeth, resulting in a natural-looking smile.
Removable dentures are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Regular brushing, soaking, and proper storage can keep them in good condition. Additionally, if any adjustments or repairs are needed, they can be easily addressed by a dentist, ensuring a comfortable fit and optimal functionality.
Removable dentures help support the facial structure, preventing loss of jaw bone and maintaining the natural contours of the face. This can contribute to a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
This non-invasive nature of dentures makes them a suitable option for individuals who may not be suitable candidates for dental implants or other surgical interventions.