Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. They are used to restore the appearance and function of your smile, as well as improve your ability to eat and speak. Crafted solutions come in several types, each serving different purposes based on the extent of tooth loss and individual patient needs. Here are the main types and uses of dentures:
Complete Dentures (Full Dentures)
Complete dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are missing in either the upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arch, or both. They consist of a complete set of artificial teeth mounted on a flesh-colored acrylic base that sits on the gums and, in the case of upper crafted solutions, covers the palate. Complete dentures are custom-made to fit the individual’s mouth and provide a natural-looking smile while restoring the ability to eat and speak.
Partial dentures are used when only a few natural teeth are missing. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal or plastic framework that clasps onto the remaining natural teeth. Partial crafted solutions help fill in gaps, prevent remaining teeth from shifting, and restore proper chewing function. They are a good option for patients who still have some healthy teeth and want a removable solution.
Implant-Supported Dentures (Implant Overdentures)
Implant-supported crafted solutions are anchored to dental implants that have been surgically placed into the jawbone. This type of denture provides enhanced stability and prevents issues like slippage or discomfort that can occur with traditional crafted solutions. Implant-supported crafted solutions are particularly beneficial for patients who want a more secure and permanent solution.
Immediate crafted solutions are placed on the same day that any remaining natural teeth are extracted. They serve as a temporary solution while the mouth heals from the extractions. Immediate crafted solutions can help maintain a person’s appearance and chewing function during the healing process, but they may require adjustments as the gums and bone change shape.
Snap-On Dentures (Overdentures with Attachments)
Snap-on dentures use attachments (such as ball-and-socket or locator attachments) to securely connect to dental implants. This type of denture offers better stability compared to conventional crafted solutions and is easily removable for cleaning and maintenance.
The specific type of denture that’s most suitable for you depends on factors such as the number of missing teeth, the condition of your remaining teeth and oral tissues, your budget, and your preferences. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your options to help you make an informed decision about which type of denture is best for your needs. Contact us for regular follow-up appointments are important to ensure that your crafted solutions continue to fit well and function properly over time.