The Different Types of Dentures

When it comes to choosing a perfect set of dentures, there are plenty of options. Every patient is different and has their own set of unique needs. There are two types of dentures to choose from: permanent and removable. Permanent dentures are typically implanted into a patient’s mouth and cannot be removed. Removable dentures are the more cost-effective of the two choices and give patients the option to take them out and clean them in between meals. Read on to learn more about the different types of dentures.

Types of Permanent Dentures

Unlike removable dentures, permanent dentures are false teeth fully attached to a patient’s jaw. These dentures are placed onto the jaw using implants to make them stable. Permanent dentures enable patients to easily perform everyday tasks like chewing, speaking, and even smiling!

Bridges

Bridges, or fixed bridges, replace missing teeth by surgically cementing a crown (artificial tooth) to the remaining natural teeth on each side of the patient’s mouth. Since fixed bridges are permanently implanted in a patient’s mouth, they tend to be more expensive than partial removable dentures.

Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that cover a patient’s damaged natural tooth. Dental crowns are shaped to conform to the patient’s tooth and provide support to weakened teeth that cannot withstand the force needed to perform tasks like chewing.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Implants consist of screw-shaped devices that function as artificial tooth roots within a patient’s jawbone. Dental implants are usually made of metal materials, such as titanium, making them more durable than removable denture options. After implantation is complete, a dental crown is usually placed on top of the implant to emulate the tooth’s crown.

Overdentures

Overdentures, or snap-on dentures, are implant-supported dentures that are held in place by the remaining teeth. Overdentures can also be held in place by metal posts that are placed directly into the jawbone. Snap-in dentures are more versatile and stable than other conventional denture options.

 

Types of Removable Dentures

Removable dentures are one of the most common treatments for replacing missing teeth. Removable dentures can substitute for missing teeth and assist patients in filling out the natural contours of their faces and mouths. These dentures are typically cheaper than other alternatives for missing teeth and are easy to clean and care for. Removable denture bases usually consist of acrylic plastic colored to match natural gum tissue, while the teeth themselves can be ceramic or acrylic.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are removable pieces that contain both upper and lower sets. These dentures are able to replace missing teeth and consist of porcelain or acrylic with a metal base. Complete dentures can help patients fill out their smile again after losing many or all of their teeth. Dentures help many patients feel confident in their smiles again.

Upper and lower dentures feature suction that helps situate them on a patient’s gum tissue and keeps them in place. Adhesives for dentures are also available to help secure dentures and prevent any food debris from getting in between your dentures and causing discomfort. If properly maintained, complete dentures can last patients anywhere from five to ten years.

Partial Dentures

Partial denture sets consist of the upper half or lower half only. Partial dentures can fill in any gaps caused by missing teeth. These dentures are easy to unclip and remove whenever you need to. Partial sets are ideal for those who are missing a small number of teeth and need help feeling confident again.

Immediate Temporary Dentures

Immediate temporary dentures are fitted as soon as you have your teeth removed. As their name suggests, immediate temporary dentures help patients eat while they wait on their permanent denture sets. With temporary dentures, patients can quickly return to eating the foods they typically eat without worrying about damaging their remaining natural teeth.

 

There are many options to choose from when it comes to picking out a perfect set of dentures. If you are interested in learning more about the different types of dentures and finding a perfect set for yourself, contact us at All Smile Care today to talk with an experienced dentist about which options are right for you.

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