Dentures are a functional and cosmetic replacement for lost teeth. They are a custom solution specifically for your mouth. This means everyone’s dentures are different and made to suit the overall shape and size of their mouth. According to Statista, around 41.23 million Americans used dentures in 2019–that’s roughly 12.5% of the entire U.S. population that year. Dentures are incredibly useful and practical, but how do you obtain a pair and what choices do you have?

In most cases, a dentist will make an impression of your jaw and mouth. This impression helps to create accurately-sized teeth that will become a part of your dentures. This provides every patient with a custom solution that fits their mouth and restores the functionality of a full set of healthy teeth.

However, there are actually a number of different denture types that available depending on your circumstances. In this post, we’re going to cover the most common types of dentures available.

Partial Dentures

The most common type of denture is a partial denture. This is also known as a dental bridge and is a common replacement for one or two missing teeth. This helps to restore the functionality of a full set of teeth and also improves the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.

In addition, a partial denture helps to prevent the teeth from shifting or rotating due to the extra space left behind. Our teeth tend to move around a lot. Having a full set of teeth means they’re less likely to shift. This is why braces straighten teeth so effectively. Teeth are easy to manipulate if applied the right force for a period of time.

Since partial dentures only replace a few teeth, they can be an affordable option to help you restore your smile and the functionality of your teeth. If you’d like to learn more information about partial dentures and if they’re a viable option for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Godley Station Dental today for more information.

Conventional Full Dentures

If you need to replace all of your upper or lower teeth, conventional full dentures are a great option that can restore your smile and the use of your teeth. This usually follows a tooth extraction.

Once your gums have fully healed from any other procedures, our specialists will take an impression and measurement of your jaw and gums. The impressions help to create a custom model of your dentures. Adjustments to the model take place at this point before sent to a lab for the final denture. When completed, we will help fit the dentures in your mouth, providing you with a full set of strong teeth.

We typically offer conventional full dentures for patients that have lost the majority of their teeth. Any remaining teeth are likely to be extracted if they are compromised. If you’re unsure if conventional full dentures are a suitable option for you, we highly recommend speaking to our specialists at Godley Station Dental for more information. We’d be happy to book a consultation for you so we can discuss your options in greater detail.

Immediate Full Dentures

Immediate full dentures are a temporary replacement for your teeth while your gums are healing following an extraction. In many cases, patients that only have a few remaining teeth may need them removed to avoid future pain and discomfort. This is often the case for infected gums and damaged, painful teeth.

After the extraction procedure, we’ll offer patients a temporary replacement for their teeth to allow their gums time to heal. This denture comes immediately after extraction to restore your smile and functionality while your gums heal. Since these dentures are not exactly the shape of your mouth, they may feel a little uncomfortable at first. However, it’s a necessary step to help your gums heal before you can get Conventional Full Dentures to replace them.

You can think of immediate full dentures as a temporary replacement for a full set later. Those will require an impression and measurements to create the ideal dentures for your mouth and jaw.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Model of implant dentures
Dentist holding a set of teeth with an implant to attach dental prothesis.

Implant-supported dentures are an affordable option that helps to drastically improve your ability to chew and improves your smile. It’s generally recommended for patients that have no teeth and are looking for a complete solution to regain their ability to chew. Implant-supported dentures don’t require adhesive and function similarly to natural teeth. They clip onto dental implants that are fitted into your gums. Because they have deep roots into your gums, they are solid and create minimal movement when using your implants.

One of the big advantages of implant-supported dentures is how secure they are. Supported by implants, they cannot come loose when talking or eating. Implant-supported dentures are only removable by your dentist.

Snap-In Dentures

Snap-in dentures are a form of implant-supported dentures that simply snap on, meaning they can easily be removed for cleaning. It is typical to have two or four implants in each jaw, but more are possible depending on your personal circumstances. These implants have a screw with an open end that allows the dentures to snap in place.

Snap-in dentures function similarly to implant-supported dentures, but they are much easier to remove without the need for a dentist to help. They offer all the advantages of implant-supported dentures with the added benefit of being easily removable.

Overdentures

Overdentures are another term for implant-supported dentures. They function the same way, using dental implants as anchors to secure a set of dentures on top. However, overdentures are more common for patients with few or no remaining teeth. They offer more stability than typical dentures and are great for restoring your ability to eat, speak and smile.

Contact Godley Station Dental today

We understand that getting dentures may be daunting. However, it’s one of the best ways to restore function to your teeth and also give you the smile that you deserve. If you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today at Godley Station Dental for more information. Whether you’re interested in getting dentures or need advice on how to take care of your dentures, we’d be more than happy to assist you.

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