What are dentures?
Simply put, dentures are artificial teeth. While the concept is straight forward, there are many different types of dentures depending on the amount of teeth missing and the type of stability you desire. All dentures are made of high-quality materials that are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Modern dental technology has advanced enough that dentures no longer look like the false set of teeth you may have seen older relatives wear.
Types of dentures
In the past, most dentures were removable appliances that replaced an entire arch of teeth, or both. The removable appliances were taken out every night for cleaning and sleeping. Today, there are many different denture options. While removable dentures still exist, patients can also choose from fixed dentures, partial dentures, and implant supported dentures. Choosing which one is right for you often depends on your needs, your budget, and your preferences.
- Conventional dentures – This type of denture is designed based on impressions of the mouth after all teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has had time to heal. The upper arch of dentures will have a piece that covers the roof of the mouth, while the bottom arch has more room for the tongue to move for eating and speaking. Conventional dentures can be held in place with either suction or adhesive.
- Immediate dentures – This type of denture is designed based on impressions that are taken before the extractions, which allows us to place them immediately after your extractions. Over time, as your gum tissue heals, the dentures may need to be adjusted several times.
- Implant-supported dentures – This type of dentures is held in place by dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They are the most stable type of denture restoration, offering complete functionality and aesthetics.
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