Getting dentures has so many benefits. While you may often only see one kind of denture show up in movies and media, there are actually several options involving implants. If you lose most or all of your teeth and would like dentures to better help you with speaking, eating, or to give you a different look, then you may want to look into our different denture options.
First, is the most well-known option that you are probably used to seeing, the full dentures.
Full dentures are the most common type of denture that people inquire about and invest in. Full dentures involve removing any remaining teeth and attaching the dentures so that they cover everything, including the gums and roof of the mouth. We will measure these full dentures out before inserting them to ensure they are a proper fit.
Due to the need for a precise fit, there is also a waiting period before the patient will receive the final set of dentures. If the patient still has a few remaining teeth and wants full dentures, then we will need to remove all other teeth and prepare the mouth. After removing the teeth, the patient’s jaw may begin to shift. Thus, waiting too long for the dentures will only cause more issues.
Snap-on dentures use a mixture of an implant in the arch of the mouth and a clip to keep it in place. These types of dentures are also often less awkward since they do not usually need a palate. The Snap-on dentures are also more stable. Thus, they are more likely to have fewer issues with slipping and eating.
If a patient has more teeth in decent shape, then the patient still has several other options for dentures. If a patient is only missing a few teeth, you can also do partial dentures. There are some risks to consider with partial dentures. Without proper care, the dentures can cause rot, stress, and damage to the remaining teeth and gums.
Partial Denture Options
However, partial dentures offer a more natural look with metal attachments and a pink gum-like piece below the tooth to make it resemble gums. There are two types of partial dentures – fixed bridge dentures and removable dentures.
Fixed bridge dentures will use the teeth on either side to support the partial denture before cementing the replacement tooth in. This allows for more stability and you will not have to remove the fixed bridge dentures. The only downside is that it does not offer much support for the jaw. However, there are new techniques for these bridges that are beginning to change the experience.
The other option is a removable denture that uses metal pieces to keep the partial dentures in place. People consider these dentures to be a more natural looking option. These are also easily removable if the patient prefers something that is not fixed.
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Implant Supported Dentures
Another option is implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are some of the most stable dentures available. Implant supported dentures will hold the dentures in place using four small implants. The dentures will include natural appearing teeth that do not slip or stain. Other benefits include a lack of difficulty when speaking as well. People will not need to be self-conscious about their appearance when wearing these dentures.
Proper Denture Care
Finally, no matter what dental option you choose it is important to take care of your dentures. Here are some important tips:
Do not let your dentures dry out
If they dry out, it will make them uncomfortable.
Do not use hot water
It can damage your dentures by heating the plastic so much that it becomes warped.
Make sure to rinse and clean your dentures
It is important to brush your dentures, and when they are not in use you should be sure to soak them in a solution for dentures.
Keep your remaining teeth and gums healthy
This is especially important if you have partial dentures. Make sure that you are taking care of your remaining teeth and come so that your dentures will work properly.
In case of breakage consult your dentist
If anything goes wrong with your dentures, do not try to fix them. You could end up damaging your dentures and possibly your natural teeth by trying to fix the dentures by yourself.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Dentures® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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