Types of Dentures
Do you have tooth decay or gum disease that has resulted in needing to have your teeth extracted? Are you afraid your smile will never be the same again? Fortunately, there are many tooth replacement options available to give you a new, healthy, and functional smile. One of the more well-known options is dumfries dentures. You may be surprised to find out there are several different types of dentures. One of these options may be the perfect fit for you. Below is more information about the different types of dentures.
Traditional Full Dentures
For individuals who have to have all or nearly all of their teeth extracted, a full set of dentures may be the best option. Traditional dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums and are not permanently fixed in the mouth. Traditional dentures are not anchored in the mouth and should be removed each night for cleaning. In order to ensure they fit just right, traditional dentures are custom-made to fit each individual’s mouth and jaw. The full fitting process can take between 8-12 weeks.
For individuals who just have a few teeth extracted, full dentures are not necessary, and a partial denture may be a better option. Partial dentures work by fitting around the natural teeth. Partial dentures are a prosthetic constructed from both metal and acrylic materials, so they are durable and look like natural teeth. Partial dentures can be removed, but help maintain the shape and structure of the teeth, gums, and tissues in the mouth and help to restore function.
Custom dentures, either full or partial, are made specifically to give each patient the most natural-looking smile. Custom dentures can be made from a range of materials, but often are made from more expensive materials, like porcelain. Custom dentures take more time to fit and will result in a higher total cost, but the end result is a set of dentures that fit perfectly.
Also called same day dentures, temporary dentures are designed to wear immediately after the extraction procedure. After the extraction there is an important healing period where the gums and tissue are tender and changing shape. This healing period means waiting 8-12 weeks before dentures can be fit. Immediate dentures are an option that not only eliminates this waiting period, but also helps aid in the healing of the tissue and gums in the mouth.
Implant Supported Dentures
An option that is a combination of the above is the implant supported denture. In some cases, a dental implant is placed to help replace a tooth. This dental implant can act as a support for a denture prosthetic to be attached to. Implant supported dentures are durable and secure prosthetic that is unlike other types of dentures. This option is permanently fixed in your mouth, reducing irritation and ensuring good fit and function. An overdenture is another form of an implanted supported denture. Overdentures differ in that they are still removable and sit on top of the gums, but are designed to attach to an implant.