As age advances, the problem of our elders having to lose their teeth or get them extracted because they were unsalvageable.
With the loss of teeth comes the problem of having to be on a restricted diet due to lack of chewing ability, eventually leading to malnourishment.
The solution ?
What are Removable Partial Dentures?
Removable partial dentures are given in a situation where a patient has lost a few teeth, with the other teeth intact. These dentures use support from the intact teeth in order to be in function. They have to be removed at night and worn during the day.
What are complete dentures?
Complete dentures are given to patients having no teeth at all. Thus heeling the patients to regain the ability off chewing food comfortably. These are reused similarly to partial dentures wherein they have to removed at night and worn during the day.
Today removable partial dentures are given only in conditions where fixed partial dentures (Bridge) or an implant placement are not possible or inadvisable.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Sometimes complete dentures do not have the kind of desired retention and fail to achieve the expectations of the patient and / or doctor. The patient might persistently complain of the denture falling or moving inside the mouth during biting. Implant supported dentures help overcome this problem.
Implant supported dentures are basically similar to complete dentures, but they take support from implants instead of the bone and muscles of the mouth. This is advantageous because the denture acquires more stability. This stability makes the patient more comfortable using the dentures by giving the confidence that the denture will not fall. In simple terms the dentures fit over the implants like press buttons!!!
The number of implants to be placed for implant supported dentures is at discretion of the implantologist and the needs of the patient.