Cosmetic Dentures have come a long way in recent years, and give those requiring dentures another choice to give them a more natural look and feel when compared to Standard Dentures.
Cosmetic dentures are specially crafted dentures administered by a trained cosmetic dentist. They are designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of an individual, particularly the smile, correct teeth that are unevenly spaced, discolored, cracked or chipped, and replace missing teeth. They are designed not only to look as natural teeth but they are also made to function like natural teeth, to improve facial appearance, to properly bite and chew, and to improve speech.
The crafting of cosmetic dentures has been regarded as an art, giving emphasis on all details of the oral appliance to make it look natural. Traditional or standard dentures are usually made for the sole purpose of replacing missing teeth. Cosmetic dentures, on the other hand, focus on details such as the size, shape and texture of the teeth to give them the natural look.
Cosmetic Dentures vs. Standard Dentures
|Feature||Standard Dentures||Cosmetic Dentures|
|Teeth are lined up resembling a picket fence giving an unnatural look||Shape and size of teeth have variations to make the dentures more pleasing and give it a natural look|
|Color of the teeth is basically white||Layers of colors are added throughout the teeth and translucency is created to mimic the natural color of teeth|
Height and Width
|The effect on the face is not considered when the height and width of the dentures are measured||The height and width of the dentures have direct impact on the muscles of the face, and therefore the face is evaluated, so that the dentures will give a dental face lift without any surgery|
Types of Cosmetic Dentures
These are sturdy structures consisting of a prosthetic tooth and two crowns placed on healthy teeth to which the bridge is anchored. They are installed to bridge the space or gap caused by missing tooth or teeth.
Dental caps or crowns are use to repair damaged teeth or badly decayed teeth. A mold is taken from the original tooth to serve as the pattern for the crown. The crown is then placed over the treated tooth after the decay is removed and prior to putting the treatment.
Artificial teeth roots made from titanium are embedded in the lower or upper jaw and then prosthetic teeth are placed on top. Dental implants may be done on a single tooth or the whole set of teeth. For more information on dental implants, click here.
Overdentures use precision dental attachment to keep the dentures down and in place. The overdenture attachments are placed in the roots of the teeth that have been restored or they can also be placed on dental implants. They give more stability than standard dentures and help prevent bone loss.
Flexible dentures adapt around the gums and teeth and flex into the mouth without any clasps. They are designed to perfectly fit the tissues of the gum and wearers are assured of increased retention. Flexible dentures are among the preferred choice of cosmetic dentures because they look so natural with their transparent gums and they blend easily with the natural color of the gums of the wearer.