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Types Of Dentures Explained

Types Of Dentures Explained

Dentures have been around for a long time, and the numerous forms of dentures have evolved along with dentistry. If you’re looking for dentures but aren’t sure which one is ideal for you, this article will walk you through all you need to know about dentures to make the best decision possible.

It is important to note that whilst you may have your preference, your dental health will also determine the choice by the dentist. Getting the best treatment for your smile is ultimately the end objective.

So, let’s look at the type of dentures first before understanding the factors that will help you and the dentist determine the best kind of dentures you need.

Full or Conventional Dentures

Full dentures are removable prosthetics that replace all teeth in your mouth and sit on the upper and lower gums. The acrylic denture teeth replace your teeth fully, allowing you to grin with confidence. The dentist will require that you have your teeth pulled for at least two months before full dentures may be placed.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are a choice if you only have a small number of teeth missing and not the full bridge. These dentures are designed to connect any gaps in your mouth by using metal clasps to secure the false prosthetic teeth to your natural teeth. Partial dentures help to support mouth functioning, such as biting and speaking. 

Temporary Dentures

Temporary dentures are prosthetic teeth that can be worn immediately once the natural teeth have been extracted. Temporary dentures are just that, temporary, and they’ll likely be worn for a period of 6 to 8 months. It is an interim solution so that your mouth adjusts to wearing dentures early before the full dentures are fitted in. The goal is for the full dentures to fit in seamlessly once they’re ready.

Flexible Dentures

Flexible dentures are made of thinner thermoplastic material to provide comfort and give you more of a natural look. They differ from using the harder acrylic material and don’t require metal clasps because they cling onto the gums. The thermoplastic material is designed to provide improved comfort and a more natural appearance without the need for metal pieces. Flexible dentures are a great choice for people who want to feel comfortable while wearing dentures.

Snap-On Dentures

Snap-on dentures use special fittings to attach to a dental implant. They’re similar to implant-supported dentures in that they require a significant amount of bone to fit properly. They easily snap on and off surgically inserted implants. They are considered to be more stable than regular dentures. This means they’re less prone to come undone when you’re speaking or chewing.

When Would I Need Dentures?

A certain type of dentures might be required for a variety of reasons. It’s not always necessary just because you’re missing teeth.

  • Gum Disease – Bacteria can build up in your mouth and move to your gums, causing illness. It may be necessary to extract the supporting tooth if it is significantly damaged.
  • Dental Cavities – Tooth decay can progress to the point where a tooth must be pulled, and the dentist may suggest dentures to replace the missing tooth.
  • Facial Structure Weakness – If you have a poor facial structure, it is likely, that the underlying bone is also weak. This implies you’ll need dentures to retain your teeth in place and protect your face structure while preserving the bone’s strength.

Do You Need Dentures?

If you’re missing teeth and looking for a cost-effective treatment choice, dentures are a recommended option. Consult your dentist for an initial consultation so you can learn about the best type of denture to suit your dental health needs.

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