What are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. It can be made of any number of teeth to replace missing tooth spaces in a given jaw. The teeth are often made from a specialised type of acrylic which are embedded in a gum-coloured base which then sits on the persons own gums. The denture teeth base is often connected to a plate which sits on the more solid areas of the jaw to provide stability for the denture While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
How do Dentures Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Partial Dentures are aided by clasping unto supporting teeth with crescent shaped clips. This makes them more retentive than full dentures in most cases.
Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
Persons who are replacing an entire jaw of missing teeth need Full Dentures. Persons who still have some remaining teeth would normally need Partial Dentures. The more healthy natural teeth which remain, is a plus for creating partial dentures with maximum retention and stability.
Restorative Dental is one of the few dental offices which offers the widest variety of dentures in Jamaica.
Different Types of Dentures
Dentures are also categorised by the material it’s base is made from. Here are some of the variety of denture bases that we offer:
Basic Acrylic (Plastic) – feels thick in the mouth
High Impact Acrylic (More resistant to breakage)
Chrome – feels very thin in the mouth
Flexible – feels light and comfortable. Looks the most cosmetic, no visible metal clips on teeth
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will discuss and determine which of the types of dentures described above is best for you.