It used to be that only elderly people wore dentures, or so it seemed. But the truth is that times have changed…and so have dentures.
Younger people who have experienced facial trauma, have advanced gum disease or decay, or even a person who has suffered from acid reflux for many years may want or need dentures. If you have recently considered dentures, let’s look at the many types and which are right for you.
The Importance of Dentures
Properly fitting dentures, no matter the type, help us to speak and eat properly. When we have missing teeth, this can cause nearby teeth to move or become misaligned. They also help us feel more self-confident and can positively affect both our personal and professional life.
Full and Partial Dentures
A full set of dentures is usually a means to replace an entire arch in your mouth. These are used when all or most of the teeth in the top or bottom of the mouth are missing. Sets are considered as more traditional or conventional dentures, which rest on the gums and are made of a flesh-colored acrylic base. The teeth are made of either porcelain or acrylic with porcelain being more natural looking.
It is best to wait several months before creating the dentures to allow the jawbone to adjust to the missing teeth and achieve a better fit overall.
Partial dentures are normally utilized when only a few teeth are missing, and they fill in any empty spaces. Sometimes known as a bridge, these products are removable, and can prevent other teeth nearby from shifting.
Dental implants are the other main type of “dentures.” They are permanent, long lasting, and do not need to be removed. Posts are placed at different points throughout the gums and into the jawbone. They need no glue or special care, and should be brushed and flossed like real teeth.
Your gums must be healthy and your jawbone strong in order to have implants. If you have had missing teeth or wore removable dentures, it’s possible that your gums could atrophy and you may not be a good candidate for implants.
Some other types of dentures include the following:
- Custom dentures, which are more expensive
- Immediate dentures
- Snap on dentures similar to implants
- Over dentures
- Generic dentures are inexpensive and ill fitting
How to Choose
When trying to decide which type of dentures you need, consider your needs, goals, and budget. Dr. JD Robinette can help you to select an option that looks natural, will last as long as possible, and will fit and function well.
Call Dr. JD Robinette today for a consultation and exam to help you decide on the best type of denture for you.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 828-267-0651 today!