Wearing dentures is much more common than you think. Whether you need to replace a full set of teeth or just a few, there is a style of dentures that can meet virtually any situation. About 90% of people without natural teeth wear dentures.
Dentures can be an effective, natural-looking substitute for missing teeth. These artificial tooth replacements can help you speak and chew normally after losing some or all of your natural teeth.
An experienced dental professional can help you determine which type of dentures are most appropriate for your situation. Dentures specialists George Kontoveros, DMD, and Anthony Klobas, DMD, of 2K Dental, are experts in helping patients restore normal function and appearance after losing teeth. The team at 2K Dental ensures that your dentures work with your mouth structure and any remaining natural teeth to restore your ability to smile, chew, and speak comfortably and confidently.
Determining the right type of dentures for you depends on the number, health, and location of your remaining natural teeth. Your age, lifestyle, and present tooth and gum health can also impact your options. Other considerations such as cost and appearance may also affect your decision.
Learn about three different types of dentures and which one may be right for you.
#1 Partial dentures
Partial dentures are appropriate if you have some healthy, natural teeth in your mouth. Partial dentures replace the missing teeth and use the remaining teeth to hold the dentures in place.
In addition to restoring your mouth to a normal appearance and function, partial dentures also help prevent your remaining teeth from moving into the gaps left by missing teeth. These artificial teeth are made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth as closely as possible, so they blend to create a natural look.
Partial dentures have a metal framework with artificial teeth attached to the framework. The replacement teeth are attached to fit around the existing natural teeth.
Your gums and remaining teeth must be healthy enough to support partial dentures. For many patients, partial dentures provide a nonsurgical and affordable way to replace missing teeth.
#2 Complete dentures
Complete dentures include a full arch of porcelain or acrylic artificial teeth held together by a metal or acrylic base. Complete dentures can replace an entire upper and lower set of teeth.
An upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, called the palate, which provides a suction effect to hold the upper dentures in place. The lower denture fits over your gum ridge and is shaped like a horseshoe to provide space for your tongue.
A customized snug fit prevents your dentures from slipping or coming loose. It also stops food particles from becoming lodged under the dentures and causing discomfort.
When applied to the interior surface of your dentures, denture powders or gels provide a sticky adhesive that delivers additional protection against slipping and shifting dentures.
#3 Implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures provide a more permanent solution than partial or complete dentures. Unlike conventional partial or complete dentures, implant-supported dentures can’t be removed without a dental professional.
Implant-supported dentures consist of crowns that snap onto four titanium dental implants, small metal screws that are surgically placed along your upper and lower gum line. After three to four months, bone grows and fuses the posts to your jaw.
Implant-supported dentures work to duplicate the tooth roots of your missing teeth. Their attachment to your gum line provides the natural stimulation your jawbone needs to remain healthy and intact.
Unlike dentures that rest on your gums, implant-supported dentures won’t move out of place. They also provide a more comfortable and stable fit than conventional dentures.
It’s necessary to have healthy jawbone tissue to choose implant-supported dentures. If your existing jawbone tissue can’t support this type of denture, you may need bone grafting or artificial bone tissue to provide the bone support necessary for these dentures.
Find out more about the different types of dentures and which option is best for your oral condition. Call our office in Parma, Akron, or Cleveland, Ohio, today to arrange a consultation.