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If you think that you may need dentures, it is important to know the difference between the different types of dentures available. Depending on your budget and your specific needs, one type of false tooth option may be better for you than another.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the most common of the different types of dentures currently available from your oral health professional.
Different Types Of Dentures Available
Traditional Complete Full Dentures
These are typically the types of dentures that commonly come to mind when the term false teeth is used. Complete full dentures are used to replace all missing teeth and sit on top of the gums rather than dental bridges that are affixed to existing natural teeth. Complete full dentures are usually placed two to three months after all the natural teeth have been removed.
As the name implies, these dentures are custom-made for your mouth. They are comprised of better-quality teeth, which will make them a little more expensive than other false teeth options. These dentures are also a variety you will be able to examine before they are completed. The type of teeth used will also make custom dentures a more natural-looking choice.
On the other end of the scale are economy dentures. These are typically a generic type of false teeth so they may not fit as securely or comfortably in the mouth as other most costly varieties. Economy dentures also have lower quality teeth so they can appear less natural. For individuals with this type of denture, a denture adhesive is often required to keep them in place.
The procedure used with these dentures is very different from any other type of false tooth. Immediate dentures are placed within hours of when teeth have been removed. The immediate or “temporary” dentures are used to keep your surrounding natural teeth properly spaced while your mouth heals. After your gums have healed, you will be fitted with your permanent dentures.
While this is an effective option, individuals must meet specific requirements to be good candidates for this procedure. In other words, these are not designed for everyone in need of dentures.
A dental implant is the key component of implant-supported dentures. The implant is used to securely hold the denture in place. The implant provides a strong, solid foundation for the denture which holds it firmly. Another advantage of this type of denture is that the materials used make these false teeth appear to look more natural than some of the other choices here.
Also known as implant-supported dentures, Overdentures are quite simply a type of denture that sits over the top of the gums. They are held securely in place with the assistance of a dental implant. Overdentures are not only removable, but they can be created for just uppers or lowers depending on what is required.
When an individual still has a few of their natural teeth, partial dentures are the common option. This type of denture has a base that is pink in color and has two metal pieces that hold it in the mouth. Partial dentures are removable so they can be taken out at any time and are constructed from either acrylic material or an acrylic-like material. They keep other teeth from shifting around.
Dental implants or anchors attached to existing natural teeth hold snap-in dentures securely in place. These are convenient and removable and are typically the choice for individuals without any natural teeth remaining. These dentures are unique in that they contain attachments that are embedded in the denture that help “locate” receptors in the implants for quick fitting.
Upper dentures are designed to replace just the upper teeth. They are ideal for individuals who are missing teeth, regardless of how many, from their upper jaw. Upper dentures are designed to look like natural teeth, although, depending on the quality, may look fake and not all-natural.
There are many different types of dentures to choose from. The list above covers the most common varieties and explains what each of them is.
By understanding the different types of dentures, it can help you in determining which is best for you. It is good to educate yourself, but always talk to your dentist for specific advice.
If you are considering your false teeth options, your best solution is to make an appointment with your oral healthcare professional to discuss which of the different types of dentures is the best option for your specific situation.