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What are Dentures?
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The complete replacement of all the remaining natural teeth with artificial ones is known as full or total prosthesis. A Full denture is used on a tooth-less jaw and this denture serves the purpose of restoring chewing ability and of course, aesthetics. Thus, the answer to the question, what is a denture is that a denture is a full prosthesis which brings about a total replacement of the full natural teeth. A total prosthesis or denture is retained by adhesive forces between the mucosa and the prosthesis, which is a saliva film existing between the mucosa and full denture. This saliva film is only effective in holding the dentures in place, if the full denture edges are accurately fitting. The designing and manufacturing process of a full dental prosthesis begins with the selection of the artificial teeth. Artificial teeth are available in both plastic and ceramic and the plastic versions are more commonly used because of their higher profitability margins and better and cheaper results. The major disadvantage of ceramic dentures is that they are easily breakable. The next step is to decide on the artificial gums and here too, transparent gums are available to make the denture smile appear more natural. The risks associated with a full denture are caused to due to poorly fitted dentures. Some of these are increased jaw ridge reductions and increased risk of cavities. Because these risks more and more patients are now going for permanent implants and bone reconstruction surgery. To know more about the manufacture and fitment of a full prosthesis, please watch the video.
Produced: 04/2011
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