Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into the mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. Shore will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced. Dental implants may be used with a full or partial denture to help increase the retention of the denture and keep it more stable for chewing.
Types of Dentures
- Conventional Full Denture – A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
- Immediate Full Denture – An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (Dr. Shore will take measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
- Partial Denture – Partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth by utilizing a metal or plastic framework that rests on your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth to serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
- Snap-On Overdentures – This denture snaps into place in your mouth easily over implants. These implants are placed into your jaw and allow for the simple insert and removal of these dentures. These dentures are typically more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. Overdentures may also be made utilizing natural tooth roots that have had special clips worked into them.