Are you in the process of considering dentures as a replacement for missing teeth? Dentures improve and assist your facial profile, making chewing, eating, and speaking easier.
Different types of dentures serve different purposes. Some dentures replace a few missing teeth, while others might replace all of your natural teeth. Scheduling a consultation with your dentist will provide you with more information about dentures. But before your consultation, it’s beneficial to understand more about the different types of dentures to determine what option might work best for you.
Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, refer to the total replacement of the upper and lower sets of teeth. These dentures sit on the gums, unlike other dental bridges that are fixed or anchored to existing teeth.
Full dentures are made of acrylic resin and are fully removable from the mouth. They fit better when all your teeth have been removed and can be used about 8 to 12 weeks after removal.
Patients with some remaining teeth can benefit from a removable partial denture. Partial dentures appear as a pink-coloured base attached to a piece of metal that holds the denture in the mouth. Most partial dentures are also made from acrylic material and can help prevent other teeth from shifting over.
You may be a good candidate for immediate dentures if you need a tooth replacement. Most immediate dentures can be used directly after the natural teeth have been removed. The point of an immediate denture is to help during the healing process. These Winnipeg dentures are easy to refit and adjust as the gums and jaw heal.
Dental implants are used in implant-supported dentures to ensure they’re supported securely. An implant-supported denture provides a solid foundation for your teeth as you chew and speak, keeping the denture in place. Typically, implant-supported dentures look natural and can last up to 10 or 20 years if properly cared for.
Implant-retained Dentures are dentures that are kept in by implants but the support for the dentures is still mostly by the gums. These are a good option for a lower complete denture that would otherwise be very loose without the implants.
So, Which Dentures Are Better?
Ultimately, the best dentures for you will heavily depend on your needs. Your dentist will be able to provide the options for you, but there are a few things to consider:
- Budget: As you’ve probably noticed throughout this list, some denture alternatives are pricey. Discussing your options with a professional dentist will help determine what you can afford.
- Requirements: Not every denture option is available to everyone. The dentures you get will depend on what works best for your mouth. In some cases, surrounding teeth may have to undergo removal to make room for denture placement.
- Comfort: Typically, you can choose what type of denture you prefer, such as permanent or removable dentures. It’s pivotal to choose a denture that you’re comfortable with, as it will become part of your day-to-day life.
Now that you know more about denture options, you can step forward toward bettering your dental care. Make an appointment with Fresh Dental today and learn more about our denture implants. Our team of experienced dentists strives to ensure each patient that enters the office leaves feeling more confident about their smile.