A Quick Updated Guide to Dentures
For many people, dentures are an inevitable part of their lives. As people age, their teeth tend to decay and fall out, making everyday tasks more difficult. Dentures are a great solution for those who want to maintain a normal lifestyle rather than living with holes in their smiles.
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we offer three types of dentures for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth.
Types of Dentures
There are three types of dentures: full, partial, and implant-supported dentures. In most cases, the type of denture that will work best for you depends on the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
Full dentures are used to replace all teeth of the upper or lower jaw. We will take measurements of your mouth so that we can custom-design a denture to fit comfortably in your mouth. If remaining teeth need to be removed, the area will need to heal completely before a full denture can be worn.
The base of full dentures is usually made out of polymethyl methacrylate, or a type of acrylic that is designed to look natural and repel bacteria. By using this material and customizing the denture to fit securely in your mouth, the denture will look and feel as natural as possible.
Partial dentures are typically recommended when several but not all teeth are lost. When there are healthy teeth remaining, a partial denture can fill in the gaps where teeth are missing.
Partial dentures are usually made of nylon polymer or acrylic resin, but sometimes are made of metal like a chrome-cobalt alloy.
The replacement teeth of the partial denture are attached to a plastic base colored to match your gums. That base is custom-fitted to your mouth.
Sometimes, partial dentures are secured in place with a metal or ceramic connecting frame. The clasps are attached to the remaining healthy teeth or dental crowns. In most cases, partial dentures are removable.
The most stable dentures available are implant-secured dentures. With these dentures, the denture clips or snaps onto dental implants embedded in the jawbone instead of relying on suction or glue to hold them in place.
Because implant-secured dentures require dental implants, the process is typically longer but produces highly satisfactory results.
Are Dentures Right for You?
Regardless of which type of denture you choose, it will take at least a couple weeks to get used to wearing them. However, being able to chew, talk, and maintain a normal lifestyle will make those couple weeks of adjustment well worth it.
To learn more about the types of dentures available and which solutions may work best for you, call Family Dental of Spokane Valley today to schedule an appointment. During your visit to our office, we can discuss your situation, perform an oral examination, and come up with a plan to restore your smile.
Call Family Dental of Spokane Valley at 509-850-3217 now. We look forward to chatting with you.