When an individual is missing most, or all, of their teeth, dentures are recommended. Dentures can solve a wide range of problems for patients who have had their teeth removed. Dentures can allow patients to use their mouths more normally again, like they were able to before losing their teeth.
There are several options when it comes to dentures. These include conventional (full) dentures, implant-supported dentures, and partial dentures.
A conventional denture replaces all the missing teeth on the top or bottom jaw. The denture is removable and made to fit the bone of the jaw. Conventional dentures do not replace the functionality of natural teeth. Biting and chewing of solid foods is difficult due to the denture not being anchored firmly to the jaw bones like regular teeth. The denture relies on suction to the ridges of the jaw to keep the denture in place. The denture must be removed daily for cleaning or soaking.
An immediate denture may be created as a temporary option when teeth are extracted (removed). It shapes the bone and gums while they heal from the extractions. A conventional denture is created and placed after healing is complete.
Conventional dentures can become loose over time due to bone loss, resulting in poor fit and increased difficulty in chewing foods. Relining of the denture usually needs to take place every 6 months in order to ensure proper fit. If severe bone loss occurs, the denture will need to be remade to fit the mouth.
An implant-supported denture is secured to several implants that have been secured into the bone of the jaw. The denture is created so that the denture snaps securely to the implants, thus eliminating movement of the denture in the mouth. The denture is removable for easy cleaning but is more secure than a conventional denture. Eating foods such as apples, meats, and other solid foods are
A partial denture replaces a few missing teeth. It is created so that the denture uses healthy teeth as anchors. If the anchor teeth become decayed or are extracted, a partial denture may no longer an option. Partial dentures are removed daily for cleaning.
To learn more about our denture services and how we can care for your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.