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False Teeth

Today's dental patients have a wide variety of options when it comes to dealing with tooth loss and false teeth. While the words false teeth may put fear into the hearts of some, there are now a wide variety of false teeth available. Everybody should be able to find a form of false teeth that suits their individual needs. The following paragraphs will discuss some of the different kinds of false teeth available.

Dentures are a form of false teeth, and dentures are what people usually think of when they think of false teeth. Dentures are a removable set of false teeth that are generally taken out for cleaning, or at night while the person is sleeping. There are various types of dentures but they can generally be classified as:

conventional dentures
immediate dentures

Conventional dentures are a permanent set of dentures
that are placed in a patient's mouth after the natural teeth are removed and his or her bone and gums have had an opportunity to heal completely. Conventional dentures are false teeth that are removable, but are worn as soon as the mouth heals completely and the patient has been properly fitted for the false teeth.

Immediate dentures are the false teeth that the patient wears during the interim, to prevent the patient from having to be toothless while he or she is waiting for his bone and gums to heal entirely (a process that normally takes six to eight weeks).

Bridges and implants are type of false teeth that are permanently attached inside the mouth. A bridge is a tooth that is attached to the crowns placed on the two teeth adjacent to it. Therefore, bridges alone cannot be placed in mouths that do not still have a fair number of natural teeth in them. Implants are false teeth that are permanently implanted into the jaw via an artificial root, and do not rely on adjoining teeth for support.