The Different Types of Dentures and What They Mean for You
Contrary to what you might think think, there’s not just one kind of denture. In fact, there are three main types of dentures – full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Each of these dentures fits in a different way and accommodates different patients. However, they all have the same end result – providing pearly white and strong replacement teeth.
Confused about which type of denture might be right for you? Don’t be, as the differences are easy to understand.
Full dentures are a removable appliance that can be used to replace teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Who Can Get Full Dentures?
If you have an entire row of missing teeth, then you will need to consider getting full dentures.
How Do Full Dentures Work?
Full dentures are the standard denture that probably comes to your mind. They have a flesh-colored base made of acrylic that fits on top of your gums and over the roof of your mouth. Before creating these dentures, Dr. Mann will take a mold of your mouth and send it away to a lab so that they can create completely customized dentures that will fit you perfectly.
Because full dentures simply slip on and off your gums, they can be removed at night or when you want to relax. This makes them extremely easy to clean.
Who Can Get Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are for patients that only have a few missing teeth, creating a gap in the mouth.
How Do Partial Dentures Work?
Because partial dentures are intended for covering gaps in the tooth line, they are made to fix over the existing teeth for support. This may be done by using metal clasps, attachments, or crowns to keep them in place. Depending on the type of partial dentures you choose, they may or may not be easily removable.
Another added benefit of partial dentures is that they will keep your teeth from moving out of place.
Who Can Get Implant-Supported Dentures?
If you want a more permanent solution to the missing teeth in your mouth and to have enough bone left in your jaw, but don’t have the financial resources to get full implants, then implant-supported dentures are a good compromise.
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
In order to support the denture, Dr. Mann will surgically insert several small screw implants inside your jawbone. After letting these implants heal for a few months, he will then attach an abutment that will hold the denture in place. Finally, the dentures will be created and fitted to this abutment, allowing you to remove them daily for cleaning.
Getting any one of these types of dentures doesn’t have to be a struggle with Dr. Mann. He can easily help you decide which kind of dentures are right for you. When you’re ready to regain normal function and improve the aesthetic appearance of your mouth with dentures, give us a call to schedule your initial consultation.