Cosmetic dentures are high quality dentures made so as to achieve an aesthetic result and providing appropriate lip support. Although a cosmetic denture is an inferior alternative for replacing missing teeth as in today’s day and age permanent teeth replacement on dental implants has become the standard of care for many conditions, where costs are an issue, or for interim teeth replacement during major treatment, and with careful planning and design of the prostheses a successful aesthetic result with a denture can be achieved and function improved.
Where some teeth are still present the design of cosmetic dentures often incorporates some crowns and precision attachments to provide invisible clasp retention- allowing for the best possible aesthetic smile solution with dentures, as well as more comfort for the wearer.
Where missing all teeth, treatment may require added retention and stability with dental implants to ensure the cosmetic dentures are both comfortable and function at their optimal level.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
Removable, Implant Anchored Overdenture
A removable implant over-denture is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw.
The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed Dental Bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.
Removable Full Denture
A denture is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its low price and easy installation.
The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.