Types of Dentures

Dentures are false teeth implanted at the base of your gums to replace missing natural ones. They are the oldest form of teeth replacement. Tooth decay, gum disease, and facial injuries can lead to tooth loss. Missing teeth can cause your facial muscles to sag over time. East Village dentures restore your facial appearance and make it easier to eat or speak. Depending on your oral disorder, they can replace a few missing teeth, all teeth, gums, and surrounding tissue. Dentists designs dentures in different ways to cover various dental defects, and the common types include:

Complete dentures

Complete dentures, also called full dentures, consist of both upper and lower sets and are used when you lose all your teeth. They are made of porcelain or acrylic base. Complete dentures rest on your gum tissue, and the suction helps to keep them in place. They are removable and should be taken out every night for cleaning. Your complete dentures can last between five to ten years with proper care and maintenance.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when you have lost some of your teeth and not all. They are either removable or fixed, depending on your choice. Removable partial dentures have clasps that help them clip on the nearby teeth, and you can remove them for cleaning. Your dentist connects fixed partial dentures permanently to the teeth on either side, and you cannot take them out. Only your dentist can remove a fixed bridge partial denture.

Temporary dentures

Temporary dentures, also known as immediate dentures, are fitted immediately after your teeth are removed. They help you carry on with your regular life while waiting for permanent dentures. Immediate dentures enable you to eat what you love without exacting too much pressure on the remaining natural teeth. Your dentist recommends them to ease your mouth into wearing a denture or if you have issues with sensitive teeth or gums.

Flexible dentures

Flexible dentures are a type of partial dentures made from different materials. Most of them are made of thin thermoplastic like nylon. Flexible partial dentures are more comfortable than other removable partials, especially if you are new to wearing replacement teeth. Most partial dentures are made of metal parts that can be noticed when talking or smiling. Flexible dentures do not use metal, so they tend to look and feel natural.

Snap-in dentures

Snap-in dentures are the best when it comes to stability. Dentists use them when you have lost all your teeth but have healthy bones to support an implant. Dental implants or anchors hold snap-in dentures in place. They have locator attachments embedded on the tissue denture side that snap onto the implants or anchors. These dentures are removable.

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures involve your dentist fixing a crown to a surgically inserted dental implant in your jawbone. The denture crown is connected to the implant with screws. The dental implant provides excellent support for a solid foundation which gives the denture stability. The implant also looks natural and lasts long.

Whichever denture you use for your tooth loss, ensure you take care of them to enhance a more extended durability period. Schedule an appointment at East Village Dental Center for dental placement to improve your smile.