Tooth loss can be a traumatic situation, and if you are in the process of researching denture options, you may be overwhelmed. The good news is we can help! At The Denture & Implant Clinic, our professionals are experts in tooth replacement options. In the following article, we’ll explain some characteristics of the main types of dentures to help you figure out which one is best for you!
- Traditional Complete/Full Dentures
Traditional complete dentures are used to replace the entire arches of natural teeth. They sit on top of the gums and are held in place with denture adhesive or suction. The dentist will need to remove all the teeth prior to placement of the dentures. Typically, complete dentures are placed two to three months after the teeth have been extracted to allow the mouth time to heal.
Complete dentures are removable and can be taken out for cleaning and at night. The false teeth are connected to plates that will sit snugly against the mouth. Over time, changes in bone and gum tissue can cause a change in fit of your dentures. When this happens, the dentures will need to be adjusted for a better fit.
- Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are used when the patient still retains some natural teeth. The artificial teeth are connected to a metal or acrylic band that will stay in place with metal clasps on nearby existing teeth. Partial dentures are a great option for replacing missing teeth.
- Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge is an appliance that literally “bridges” the gap left by missing teeth. The bridge consists of false teeth with crowns on each side. The crowns are placed on top of healthy natural teeth, anchoring the artificial teeth in the open gap. Bridges are attached in the mouth with dental cement to ensure that they stay securely in place.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are the only solution for missing teeth that integrates into the jawbone. The implant is placed in the jawbone as a replacement for the missing root. Because of this, dental implants do not slip or move out of place. Dental implants are the closest restoration option to natural teeth. When just a few teeth are missing, implants can be placed and completed with dental crowns. However, patients who are facing complete tooth loss may wish to have implant-supported dentures. These dentures are attached to the implants via special fittings. Implant supported dentures look natural and stay securely in place.
Now that we’ve gone over some of the most common types of dentures, it’s time to find out which one is right for you. If you’re ready to determine what type of denture will benefit you the most, schedule a consultation at the Denture & Implant Clinic. Our team of experts will meet with you to evaluate your needs and determine which type of denture is best for you.