Removable prosthesis are dental restorations that can be removed by the patient whenever the use of it is not necessary. The most common removable prosthesis on the market are dentures, which most patients consider to be the best option to replace their missing teeth. The reason for its popularity is that, despite all the advancements in dental technology, removable prosthesis are non-invasive and do not require any incisions or painful recovery.
Removable prosthesis are supported by the tissue surrounding the oral cavity, and is recommended for patients who do not wish to undergo dental surgery to replace their missing teeth, yet would like to benefit from this specific restoration. Removable prosthesis can help to increase your ability to chew, speak and pronounce words better, as well as giving you a boost in self-esteem that is usually lost when a patients begins to lose their teeth.
There are two kinds of removable prosthesis: partial dentures and complete dentures.
Partial dentures are used when a patient is only missing a few teeth, as this type of restoration is anchored or latched onto the patient’s remaining teeth for support. The replacement teeth in a partial denture are usually attached to a coloured plastic base that is connected to the metal framework that will hold the denture in place. Removable partial dentures are effective in filling in the gaps created by missing teeth and preventing the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw are missing. In the past, patients would have to wait until their gums are healed before inserting their dentures. This meant that these individuals had to walk around without any teeth for a short period of time. However, thanks to the technological advancements that we have in dentistry today, dentures can be placed immediately after all the teeth had been extracted.