Dr Stéfan Bester’s
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are replacements for missing teeth which act like fitted prosthesis for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back in the mouth. Dentures are normally made of acrylic, nylon, or metal.
Full dentures are normally recommended for people who have lost their teeth, which may be due to an infection, tooth decay, trauma, periodontal disease, or other medical conditions. These artificial teeth are attached to a gum plate which matches your gums which fits against the gums. The base of the upper dentures covers the roof of your mouth, called the palate, while the lower dentures are shaped like a horseshoe in order to accommodate the tongue.
Full dentures can either be conventional or immediate. Immediate dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gums have started healing, while conventional dentures are made and placed 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Although conventional complete upper and lower dentures are currently less utilized as a treatment modality as a result of the extensive use of implant-supported prostheses in the world today, such treatment is still an option as an interim solution if indicated.
Dentures may also be fixed to your gums with the used of dental implants and custom made overdenture. The number of dental implants used differs from patient to patient. After the implants have been inserted, a custom overdenture will be fitted, which will be attached directly to the implants via precision attachments.