Are you thinking about getting dentures? While deciding that it is time to take the plunge is a good start, it’s just the beginning. The right dentures will fit comfortably, allow you to chew, laugh, smile and help to maintain the natural contours of your lower face. Dentures that are poorly fitted or of inferior quality won’t. Which type of dentures should you choose? While there are several factors to consider, exploring the types of dentures available is a good place to start.
Six Types of Dentures
1. Full Dentures
Full dentures are designed to replace all of the upper or lower teeth or both. Sometimes called traditional or complete dentures, they sit on top of the gums and can be removed for cleaning. It is generally known that upper dentures are more stable than lower dentures because the palate provides a large surface area for denture retention. On the lower jaw, a partial denture is preferred vs a full denture.
2. Partial Dentures
Partial dentures replace some teeth and help to keep the remaining natural teeth from shifting. A partial is held in place by attaching to the surrounding natural teeth. However, it’s not attached permanently. You can take it out when desired or to clean your natural teeth.
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3. Implant-Retained Over-Dentures
If stability is a priority, implant-retained over-dentures may be a good choice. While they are removable, they attach to dental implants placed in the mouth. This provides a solid, comfortable connection. Doing so offers solid support and enhanced stability. Anchoring the dentures with the implant prevents slipping, which improves comfort and functionality.
4. Immediate Dentures
Dentures placed the same day that teeth are extracted offer convenience, but they aren’t for everyone. Most patients wait 8 weeks before having a denture placed over an extraction. Talk to your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for immediate dentures. Immediate dentures routinely require relining six months after placement to perfectly fit the newly healed gums.
5. Custom Dentures
As the name suggests, these dentures are custom-made to suit your unique needs and preferences. Additional customization includes gum shading, ridging or gum texture. You’ll get a more natural-looking smile, but it comes at a price. Custom dentures are one of the more expensive types of dentures.
6. Economy Dentures
If affordable dentures are your goal, economy dentures may seem appealing. However, their low price can cost you. These dentures generally fit poorly and are made from lower-end materials, so they’re prone to slipping and can look unnatural. Most dental clinics offer these.
With so many types of dentures to choose from, it can be tough to determine which one is the best choice for your needs. You’ll want to consider a variety of factors, including comfort, cost and dental requirements. Fortunately, a dentist can help you.
At Wekiva Dental, we know that a beautiful, functional smile is more than superficial. It can improve your health, quality of life and self-image. That’s why our dentures are made with premium-quality materials like denture teeth from Dentsply and Ivoclar. You’ll enjoy a natural look and a proper bite so that you can eat, drink and talk without fear. If you’re considering getting dentures, schedule a consultation with Wekiva Dental today. Dr. Offenback is happy to discuss all of these options with you.