Different Dentures: From Partial And Full, To Implant-Secured
Everything You Need To Know About The Different Types Of Dentures
When you think of ‘dentures’, the first thing that comes to mind is probably that big, pink, plastic plate with a complete set of teeth that you can remove and reinsert at will. But there are actually several different types of dentures that each serve their own purpose! Here’s what you need to know about them.
Full dentures are the stereotypical denture style. They consist of an acrylic or plastic base that is snugly fitted into your mouth, accompanied by a full set of teeth for either the upper or lower jaw.
Full dentures are designed for patients who have lost most or all their teeth, and in fact, any remaining teeth in the area should be removed before a full denture is installed.
Immediate dentures are inserted on the same-day as the extractions – preventing an embarrassing period of toothlessness. Immediate dentures can be either temporary or permanent, and the decision to modify or replace the denture can be left to the patient’s preference and the dentist’s advice.
There are some very obvious benefits to immediate dentures, including but not limited to:
- They provide instant results.
- They promote faster healing.
- They are a flexible option.
If you’ve only lost a few of your teeth, partial dentures are a great alternative to full dentures. They use a similar base as full dentures, but only have a few teeth attached. They are secured to your mouth using a thin metal support frame and hooks that hold them in place alongside your other teeth.
One of the concerns about standard removable dentures is that they don’t protect against bone loss, unlike dental implants. Implant overdentures cost effectively solve this issue. They consist of one or more implanted roots that are fused directly with the jawbone. Then, the dentures are secured via clip-on attachments or permanent screws.
Implant overdentures can actually restore almost all of your bite strength thanks to the strong foundation, and also strengthen the jawbone and prevent bone resorption.
Bringing Back Your Smile
Whichever form of denture you choose, it’s important to visit a dentist who’ll advise you effectively and help you maintain your dentures.
If you’re in the Bethlehem, PA area, that dentist is none other than Dr. Thomas R. Lambert and the team at Always About Smiles! We’ve been serving this area for years, and we’ll work with you to get the best tooth replacement solution that fits your needs. Book an appointment with us now!