Dentures are prosthetic teeth that replace missing teeth. They are supported by the surrounding tissue of the oral cavity and are, typically, removable. There are many types of dentures available, and it’s important to choose the best type for your lifestyle.
You may need dentures if you’ve had an oral injury that resulted in the loss of your teeth or if you have trouble eating certain foods due to weak teeth. You may also need dentures if your real teeth are loose, shifting, gapped, damaged, or falling out due to:
If your gums are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding, it could be a sign of advanced gum disease, which accounts for tooth loss in many adults.
New dentures could enhance your remaining teeth and give you that new smile you want. People of all ages and with various needs use permanent and temporary dentures. That’s why there are many different types available. Understanding your options will help you determine which dentures are best for you.
There are various types of dentures available. Here are some of your options:
There are both pros and cons to complete and partial dentures for wearers of both kinds.
You might choose complete dentures if any of the following apply to you:
1. You are missing most or all of your teeth.
2. You need to have all of your teeth removed.
3. Most or all of your teeth are damaged or weak.
However, you might opt for partial dentures if any of the following apply to you:
1. You are only missing a few of your teeth.
2. You only need to have some of your teeth removed.
3. You only have a few damaged or weak teeth.
Partial dentures are typically less expensive than full dentures, so it’s up to you and your dentist to decide the best denture for you.
Beyond full or partial dentures, you also have a choice between removable and fixed dentures, which also both have their pros and cons.
Here are the pros to removable dentures:
1. You have an easier time cleaning removable dentures, as you can take them out yourself to use your toothbrush with toothpaste on them.
2. You can take out removable dentures if they’re giving you discomfort.
3. Removable dentures are typically less expensive than fixed dentures.
4. Removable dentures preserve the contour of your face while still providing a solution.
That said, you may choose fixed dentures over removable dentures for these reasons:
1. Fixed dentures tend to be more stable in your mouth than removable dentures, which will make it easier to chew and talk.
2. Fixed dentures last longer, as they can stay put for several years without too much adjusting.
Maybe traditional dentures aren’t for you.
Overdentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are a choice solution for many people. The advantages of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures include:
However, you might choose traditional dentures over implant-supported dentures if any of the following apply to you:
Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss your options and determine the best dentures for your lifestyle and oral health needs.
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