Which Type of Denture Is Right For Me?
If you are missing a tooth or more, you may be considering replacing them with dentures. Recent advances in dental technology give you a range of choices of dental restorative devices to meet your specific needs. There is no reason to hide that smile anymore!
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth. You can have either full or partial dentures made for one or more areas of your mouth. Conventional dentures rest on your gum or may be attached to neighboring teeth. Implant-supported dentures are fixed to dental implants that are surgically anchored into your jaw bone. Our dentist will discuss your options and recommend the best restorative dentures for you.
Full dentures, otherwise known as complete dentures, are replacement teeth made for people without teeth on one or both of their gum ridges. Dentures for upper teeth come with a flesh-colored acrylic base that covers the gums and roof of the mouth. Lower full dentures are similar, but the acrylic base is a horseshoe shape to allow for tongue movement.
Partial dentures are the choice when just a few teeth are missing. They come with a flesh colored base and realistic porcelain or ceramic teeth. A partial denture can be attached to natural teeth in several ways including clasps, or precision attachments to crowns on neighboring teeth.
Removable and Permanent Dentures
Removable dentures are designed to be taken out at night and after meals for cleaning. They require a period of adjustment for optimal fit and function. Permanent or implant supported dentures are more costly but are much easier to maintain.
Permanent dentures are attached to implants in the jawbone. They have many advantages including being more comfortable, more stable and looking and functioning like natural teeth.
One of the advantages of having permanent over removable dentures is that they can preserve the bone in the jaw. Implants replace the root of the tooth and stimulate the jawbone, which helps maintain its density. That prevents bone shrinkage and keeps the integrity of the facial structure intact. Removable dentures, on the other hand, only replace the crown portion of the teeth, which does nothing to prevent bone loss.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
There are multiple denture options available to patients. In order to find out which one is right for you, call Bessey Creek Dental Care to schedule a consultation. Dr. Kline would be happy to discuss your options with you.