Waltham Dental describes types of Dentures
Know what is best for you
Dentures are detachable dental tools that are secured to substitute missing or delicate teeth. They come in three types: full, partial, and implant-supported. Before deciding to get one, it pays to know more about dentures and find out which one will suit you best.
Full dentures refer to those that substitute a complete set of teeth. To measure these dentures, all remaining teeth are first taken out. During the process, the jawbone changes shape slowly over time. To make sure that the dentures are measured to perfection, the jawbone is given time to heal, which usually takes months. A temporary replacement is fitted to keep the patient comfortable during this period.
The upper dentures have a flesh-colored base that’s made of acrylic. This sits firmly below the roof of the mouth and the gums. The lower dentures are somewhat similar, except the base is horseshoe-shaped for the tongue.
Unlike full dentures, partial dentures are given to those with only a few teeth missing. There are many ways for partial dentures to be fastened onto one’s teeth: (1) by using tiny metal clips, (2) by using inconspicuous precision clasps, and (3) by securing them to the crowns on the teeth. The latter option, with the help of precision clamps, can enhance the definiteness of the fit.
The last type of dentures is a bit more complicated. First of all, unlike full and partial dentures, they are a lot more stable as they are surgically secured to the jawbone implants that stretch outward starting from the gums. Your dentist may give you the option to have them fastened permanently, depending on your needs.
There are two kinds of implant-supported dentures that are identified by the way they are fastened: (1) the ball-retained, secured using ball-shaped connectors and (2) the bar-retained, secured using a thin metal bar.
Implant-supported dentures are recommended for people who no longer have any tooth in their jaws but have sufficient jawbone to sustain the implants.
To some, getting dentures seems like a lifestyle change. It could take several trips to the dentist, before, during, and after getting them, but in the end, you’ll realize that it will be worth it! And that’s something to smile about.