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You have probably heard removable prosthodontics referred to by their more common name: Dentures. The goal of removable prosthodontics is to fill in gaps where you may be missing teeth. This in turn restores your smile and quality of life when it comes to interacting with others and enjoying a good meal. The replacement teeth are attached to a plastic base that is gum-colored, so they are unobtrusive and look natural. There are several different types of removable prosthodontics available, as well as methods of attaching them.
Types of Prosthodontics
- Dentures: These can be a full arch of replacement teeth or a small section of replacement teeth and gums.
- Gingival Veneers: These removable veneers are designed to attach to the teeth and cover up receding gums. They are sometimes a viable alternative to a grafting surgery to correct gum recession.
- Medical Prosthodontics: Trauma or surgery can sometimes leave a significant gap in a person’s mouth. A medical prosthodontic can be designed to fill in this gap, so the patient can eat, drink and swallow normally.
Types of Attachments
Dentures are by far the most common form of removable prosthodontics. A full arch of dentures is held in place by forming a seal between the denture and the palate (roof of the mouth). With a partial denture, there are several more options.
In certain cases, a partial denture can be designed so it sits in place naturally without falling out. Partials can also be created with a metal base that contains clasps. The clasps can rest against existing teeth to hold the partial dentures in place. In some cases, magnets can be attached to the roots of worn teeth to help keep the dentures in.
You should be aware that creating removable prosthodontics is a time-consuming process. It can take up to six office visits, plus laboratory stages, to create a full set of dentures. When the process is finally complete, your replacement teeth will fit perfectly and your smile will be fully restored.
Contact Dentists of Hinsdale Lake
Dentists of Hinsdale Lake is standing by to begin working on your new removable prosthodontics. Contact our office today to request an appointment, so we can work with you to restore your smile.