A spoon denture is most commonly indicated where the life of the denture is expected to be short or where alterations such as additions or relines will be needed. This can be to allow for:-
. tissue stability after a phase of rapid bone resorption following tooth loss
. manipulation and generation of bone growth in a recently extracted site in the mouth
. occlusal adjustment - to see if a patient can tolerate a change e.g. an increase in vertical height (making your mouth open more, when you bite)
. a growing jaw
There main advantages are:-
· their relatively low cost
· the ease with which they can be modified
· they allow easy access to a healing site to keep it clean
In addition, an acrylic spoon denture may also provide a more permanent solution; for example, where only a few isolated teeth need to be replaced.
Its design is minimal palatal coverage that also relies on the teeth for support. Long-term they need to be replaced often, so that tooth movement is minimized as they can become destructive to your remaining teeth if they become loose.
The acrylic is pink and the tooth part should be the same colour as your remaining teeth.