Are you losing your teeth and wondering what options you have available? No matter your circumstances, it’s never easy to deal with getting older, but having no teeth is something you shouldn’t have to deal with in your golden years.
There are many medical and surgical options available to you to replace your missing teeth; you need to find the right one for you. If you’re considering dentures, but you’re not sure about the different types of dentures, we’re here to help you find out more about them.
Keep reading to learn more about removable dentures, ready-made dentures, overdentures, and more.
Traditional/Conventional Complete Full Dentures
These are a complete set of dentures that are commonly used to replace a full set of teeth. These dentures are composed of two removable pieces: a top and a bottom.
They are crafted with a pink acrylic material that resembles the look of natural teeth and gums, and they are secured along a curved ridge at the top and bottom of the gum line.
Traditional full dentures should be taken out at night to allow the mouth to rest and not cause further soreness. They must also be soaked in a cleansing liquid every night and relined and checked by a dentist every 5-7 years.
Full dentures are easy to clean, reducing the risk of bacteria growth and gum disease. They also look natural and improve a person’s ability to smile, speak, and eat with ease.
Partial dentures can be a viable solution for restoring a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They are typically made from acrylic and fit into the gaps in the teeth, replacing lost teeth.
They may have metal clasps that hook onto the natural teeth for stability and extra support. They are easy to insert and remove from the mouth, making them an attractive option for those who are wary of committing to permanent dental work.
They are also made to be comfortable to wear and, for the most part, can be adjusted for a better fit. Partial dentures require special care and regular cleaning, as well as regular visits to the dentist to ensure they are in the correct position and to avoid any long-term problems.
Whether you have lost all your teeth or a few, custom dentures can provide a comfortable fit and a natural look. Unlike stock dentures, which are constructed from pre-made molds, custom dentures are made for the individual’s mouth, taking into account their exact measurements, jaw shape, and other factors.
They also adjust over time to follow physiological changes in the mouth, eliminating sore spots and providing comfort.
Custom dentures are particularly suitable for those with partial tooth loss, allowing individuals to choose which teeth need to be replaced and so providing an appropriate solution for their unique needs. They are more aesthetically pleasing, allowing individuals to achieve their desired look.
Immediate dentures are immediate replacements for teeth that have been removed. This type of denture is installed immediately after extractions of the natural teeth. This helps to reduce the appearance of edentulism and modify facial features. It also helps to reduce any post-extraction pain.
Immediate dentures are a great option for those seeking a quick solution to their missing teeth, as they are ready to wear after the initial appointment. They should be relined to ensure an optimal fit over time as your jawbone adjusts to the missing teeth.
Along with that, these types of dentures also need extra maintenance due to the materials used to create them and the rapid changes in the jawbone.
Upper dentures are full or partial dentures that replace the top set of teeth. They can be made of either acrylic material or metal. They are made to fit comfortably over the gums and existing teeth if any.
Upper dentures allow for proper chewing, speaking, and smiling. They also improve the appearance of facial features, as they are made to fit the jaw and look natural.
Proper oral care and cleaning of upper dentures are important to maintain their strength and help prevent any oral health issues. Daily cleaning with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleanser will help keep upper dentures looking and feeling their best.
For a secure fit, it is important to visit the dentist to ensure the fit and condition of the upper dentures.
Economy dentures are the least expensive of denture options. They are made from the lowest-quality materials, which means they are not as durable or long-lasting as the more expensive models.
They often look artificial, and they do not fit as well as higher-quality models. If you need a simple, temporary solution or have a limited budget, economic dentures may be a cost-effective option.
In general, they are good for short-term fixes until a more permanent set of dentures can be obtained. It is important to note that economy dentures will need more frequent adjustments and relining than more expensive models.
Understanding The Different Types of Dentures
Dentures provide a great solution to many smiling problems. With the right types of dentures, you can get back the smile you’ve been missing and regain your confidence.
If you need help making the decision, speak to your dentist for advice. Now, why not start nailing down the details and getting your perfect dentures today?
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