Dentures are still a popular option for people who have multiple teeth missing. Dentures can be used for upper and lower palates. Since they are removable, the dental patient can take them out to clean them or to readjust them for a more comfortable fit.
There are a few different types of dentures that your dentist may recommend. Here are three of them:
Full dentures are used to replace an entire palate of teeth. The dentures are designed to fit comfortably over your gums and are held in place by the natural suction of your mouth, dental adhesive and your tongue.
Full dentures can appear quite natural depending on the amount of customization of the appliance. Some custom-made options allow the patient to try on the dentures so that aesthetic adjustments can be made.
The material used to make the teeth of a denture can affect the durability and natural appearance of the appliance. Some dentures are made from stain-resistant material that does not easily absorb pigments from your food and drink. Additionally, dentures may be made from multiple translucent layers of material so that the teeth have the exact appearance of natural teeth.
Partial dentures may also be used to replace multiple teeth. However, there are still natural teeth remaining in the palate. The partial denture fills in the gaps left by the missing teeth.
Partial dentures may be attached to the remaining teeth using small clasps that are made of metal
Like full dentures, the quality of the partial dentures can vary based on the type of material used. Acrylic partial dentures use an acrylic base in which the false teeth are set. Metal partial dentures use a metallic framework as the attachment base for the prosthetic teeth. Acrylic-based partial dentures may require replacements more quickly than metal-based partials.
Acrylic partial dentures may be prepared and installed in a single day. However metal partials may not be available in a single visit unless your dentist has an onsite laboratory that can fashion the metal framework needed.
Overdentures are stabilized by natural teeth or dental implants. An overdenture includes a connector on the underside that snaps onto the stabilizing teeth.
Still, the overdentures are removable just as conventional dentures are.
If you are considering dentures, visit a local dentist, such as Tony Parsley, DMD, for an assessment. He or she will be able to determine whether or not dentures are right for you