Dentures are a set of replacement teeth that you can pop in your mouth when you are missing some or all of your natural teeth. They are like those plastic teeth you might see in a prank shop, but they are way better and beneficial.

Dentures help you chew food, talk, and smile confidently, so you don’t have to worry about those gaps in your grin. There are various types of dentures, like full sets for missing teeth or partial ones for just a few missing spots.

  1. Full or Complete Dentures
    Full dentures resolve a complete toothless state, whether on the upper or lower jaw or both. They are custom-made to fit snugly on your gums and look like real teeth. Since they sit on your gums without any natural teeth to hold onto, they are removable.
    Having complete dentures can be great because they help you eat and talk better, making life easier and boosting your confidence. But, they might initially feel weird and take some time to get used to.
    You also need to take good care of them, such as cleaning them gently with a special brush and soaking them in the cleaning solution to keep them fresh and bacteria-free. Remember to see your dentist regularly to ensure they fit well and stay in good condition.
  2. Partial Dentures
    Partial dentures are for when you are missing some, but not all, of your teeth. They let you keep your existing teeth, usually using them as support. There are two types: removable and fixed.
    Removable partial dentures can be removed and cleaned daily. They have replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base, held in place by a metal frame that clips onto natural teeth.
    Fixed bridge partial dentures are permanently attached to your remaining natural teeth. They are cemented onto the teeth on either side of the gap.
    Both types need proper care. Clean them daily with a soft brush and mild soap or denture cleaner. If yours are removable, take them out at night to give your gums a break. Also, don’t forget to clean your remaining natural teeth and gums well to keep them healthy.
  3. Immediate Dentures
    Immediate dentures are the immediate solution to compensate for extracted natural teeth. These dentures help you keep your appearance and ability to chew while your gums heal and you wait for your permanent dentures.
    However, since your gums still change shape as they heal, these dentures might need adjustments or tweaking to fit properly. They might also not fit as snugly as your permanent dentures, which could make them less comfortable.
  4. Implant-Retained (Snap-in) Dentures
    Snap-in dentures do not attach to your gums but to the dental implant in your jawbone. These implants act like anchors for the dentures, holding them securely in place. Snap-in dentures can be full or partial and removable.
    The cool thing about snap-in dentures is that they feel more natural when you chew and talk. They are also better at staying put in your mouth, which can boost your confidence. But they are pricier and need more dental work compared to regular dentures.
  5. Implant-Supported Dentures
    Implant-supported dentures, or permanent or hybrid dentures, differ from regular dentures because you can’t take them out. Only your dentist can remove them.
    These dentures are great for people who prefer not to remove their teeth at night or for cleaning. But, since they are irremovable, they need extra care to keep them clean. You will have to floss underneath them daily to keep your gums healthy.

Wrapping Up

In old times, when only traditional dentures existed, people with no teeth could benefit from them. However, people with a few missing teeth had to wait until they ran out of their existing teeth or got them extracted to opt for dentures.

Different types of dentures can address various concerns, such as the number of missing teeth, cost, and aesthetic preferences. Visit Dr. Tina Shah at Smile4ever Family Dentistry. Dr. Shah is passionate about general dentistry and enjoys oral surgery and restorative treatments. Dial (281) 213-5668 to book an appointment.

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