When I was a kid, it would often amaze me how my grandpa seemed to have a removable set of teeth. Gross, I know. But I also thought, how cool that was having a part of your body you can remove and put back anytime, right? Fast forward to today, I am thankful that I have not ended up in that same situation…. yet. Here we find out more about false teeth and how you can use it to talk your kids into brushing their teeth regularly.
What are False Teeth?
A set of false teeth or dentures is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Common materials used in the production of these dentures include acrylic, nylon, and metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle.
Complete dentures are either classified as conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are usually made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. On the other hand, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. They should then be only considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures are available.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. This is then connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.