Should you have missing teeth, there are a lot of replacement options ranging from implants, dentures, to bridges, but your dentist can recommend which is best for you.
In a case where your dentist recommends dentures for your treatment, there are a plethora of dentures available on the market. Each of these are designed using specific materials fit for different purposes. It might be confusing right to choose the right one. However, this article is aimed at explaining the different types of dentures you can get at a denture clinic.
The options include:
- Full dentures
Also called complete dentures, these are removable dentures made of upper and lower sets. It’s made from porcelain or acrylic and bonded together by a metal or an acrylic base. You may need full dentures if you’ve lost all your teeth so you can have a better smile again.
Your gum tissue accommodates the upper and lower dentures while suction keeps them in position. To secure your dentures and prevent food particles from hiding beneath them, a denture adhesive is used. At a denture care clinic, full dentures are available and can last between 5 to 10 years if properly cared for and maintained.
- Fixed bridge
For missing teeth replacement, this treatment involves cementing a crown (artificial tooth) to your remaining natural teeth on both sides. Fixed bridges are more pricey than removable dentures since they’re surgically fixed.
- Partial dentures
These are used to cover gaps caused by missing teeth. Partial dentures are available for upper and/or lower teeth and are removable if necessary. Should you be missing quite a few teeth, a denture centre can provide this treatment.
- Cantilever bridge
If you have a missing molar and lack teeth on one side to support the bridge, your dentist may recommend a cantilever bridge. Here, one or more teeth on the opposite side are used to provide support.
- Snap-on dentures
As the name implies, these dentures snap on and off of implants inserted in your jawbone via surgery. Snap-on dentures stay in place, giving you the liberty to chew your food. Any of our denturists can provide this treatment.
Implants or dental implants look like your teeth roots. Through surgery, implants are inserted into your jawbone, and with time, they get bonded, giving a more natural appearance. Just after surgery or in 6 months, the implants are covered with a prosthetic.
- Implant-supported fixed dentures
These dentures come with a crown fastened onto implants inserted in your jawbone via surgery. They are held in position by screws. This is part of our denture services at our practice.
- Flexible dentures
These look natural since they have no metal parts. They’re designed with different materials from the typical partial dentures. You may find them very comfortable to wear. So many flexible dentures are manufactured from thin thermoplastic like nylon and available at a denture dental clinic.
Once your teeth have been removed, your dentist will take models of your teeth to design your permanent dentures. Meanwhile, to reduce pressure on your remaining natural teeth during eating, you’ll have to wear temporary dentures–this helps your mouth heal or help with previous issues of sensitive teeth or gums. At Illawarra Denture clinic, we provide these dentures for suitable patients.
Regardless of which kind of denture you get, taking proper care and maintaining them is important. For people experiencing physical impairments, we also offer a full range of orthotics and prosthetics treatments.