Types of False Teeth

There are two types of false teeth, dentures and dental implants. There are two types of dentures, full dentures or partial. You can also get dentures that are implanted, that is a combination of both.


Dentures are false teeth that are on a structure made of plastic or acrylic. They are not permanently attached in your mouth; you must remove them nightly to clean and take care of them. They are sometimes not very comfortable because they will move around in your mouth and will sometimes cause blisters on parts of your mouth.

Dentures are often the less expensive way to replace your teeth, at least in the beginning. The care of dentures can get expensive after a while because you must have a place to soak them overnight, you must brush them as you do regular teeth, and there are other products that help keep them clean and free of bacteria. You will also need many dentist appointments to fix or adjust your dentures to keep them more comfortable in your mouth. 

There are two types of dentures, full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are a full mouth of false teeth, while partial dentures are just one, two or a few teeth that are replaced. These are needed when people lose their teeth to accidents or disease. Free Close-Up Shot of Dentures Stock Photo

Dentures are made from acrylic or plastic for the base and resin or porcelain for the teeth themselves. The dentist will first make an impression of your mouth using an algae-based material called alginate. The dentist will then send the impression to the lab and a plaster model will be made. The plaster model is then placed in a machine called an articulator, which is a mechanical device that acts like your jaw. Your tooth or teeth are then placed in the mold with wax. To find out more about the process, you can talk with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to explain it more fully and you can ask questions when needed. 

The wax is then carved to make it look like your gums, and then the excess wax is removed. After that, the dentures are placed in another device called a flask. There is more plaster poured in to keep the shape of the dentures, and then, to get rid of the remaining wax, the flask is put in boiling water.

The lab technician will then paint a liquid called a separator on the plaster to make sure the acrylic will not stick to it. Acrylic is then added to the mold to replace the wax and then it is cured. The technician will then use special tools to remove all the plaster. It will then be put in an ultrasonic bath to clean the remainder of the plaster off it. The excess acrylic is then removed and then the dentures will be polished with pumice.

The dentures will then be sent to the dentist where he will fit them to your mouth. If everything is okay, you will leave with them. If they need any adjustments, they can be sent back to the lab. The entire process should take between six weeks and three months, depending on what needs to be done.
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Dentures will make your life easier in some ways, especially if you take care of them correctly. If you are just starting out with dentures, you need to talk to your dentist and see what exactly you need to do to keep them clean and healthy. Your dentist will tell you to brush them daily with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste made for dentures. You will also need to take them out at night and soak them in water with denture tablets. This will help keep them clean and bacteria free, so that you will not have any issues with them. 

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are another way to replace missing teeth, they are a more permanent solutions to dental work. You can have one or two implants, or a whole mouthful, depending on what you need. To find out more about dental implants you can look at this site. Dental implants are better for some people because you do not have to worry about fit or wear on your mouth after they are implanted. It is a more difficult process to have dental implants for a few reasons.

To get dental implants, you must first have a full dental exam that will also provide x-rays and 3D pictures. You will also have models of your teeth and jaw made to give the dentist an idea of what they are working with. 

The dentist will take your medical history, including asking for a list of medications you may be taking. The dentist will also make sure that you have no underlying illnesses, such as certain heart trouble or orthopedic implants. You may be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent any infections. After this is done, the dentist will then assign you a treatment plan to let you know what to expect.

Dental implant requires surgery that will usually be done in an outpatient setting, and usually takes more than one procedure. There are multiple steps the dental surgeon will take including removing any damaged teeth that need removed. You might need your jawbone prepared by grafting bone that will be necessary for the implants if your jawbone is not sufficient.
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A dental implant will be placed by placing a titanium screw into your jawbone in the place of your missing teeth. This can be done all at once, or it can take several sessions. To find out more about how a dental implant works, you can read this site: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622. Your jawbone will need to grow around the implant, and it will take a little while for this to happen. Once that is done, more implants can be added if needed. After the implants are done, the teeth can be added to them to finish the job.

It can take several months for all the work to be completed, waiting on your jawbone to heal and for it to encompass the implants. You can combine steps to make the process go faster but it will still take months for it to be done. 

Dentures and dental implants are both good ways to replace missing teeth, you must decide which is best for you and your mouth.