Dentures

Dentures are also known as “false teeth”. This is an accurate reflection of their function.  Dentures come in two main forms. These are complete dentures and partial dentures. Both complete and partial dentures can be further subdivided into many different types. Here is a quick guide to what you need to know about the different types of dentures.

Traditional complete dentures

Traditional complete dentures are used when a patient has no teeth at all. In some cases, a dentist and patient may agree to extract any remaining teeth to allow for a set of traditional complete dentures to be fitted. Traditional complete dentures may be fitted as soon as the teeth are lost/extracted. If they are, however, they are likely to need reshaping at a later date.

In general, traditional complete dentures are fitted 8-12 weeks after loss/extraction of teeth.  Patients may be able to use immediate dentures to tide them over. You might want to discuss this option with a dentist in Flower Mound, Texas.

Upper dentures and partial dentures

Upper dentures are essentially traditional complete dentures but only for the upper jaw. Partial dentures are used when patients still have some of their teeth. They can’t fit on the gum in the same way as traditional complete (and upper) dentures. Instead, they are usually held on by clips. These are generally made of metal although sometimes colored plastic is used.

Economy v custom dentures

Economy dentures and custom dentures are at the two opposite ends of denture quality. Economy dentures are highly affordable but they have little to no scope for customization. This means that you are likely to have to resort to extra measures to keep them in place. For example, you could use denture adhesive. Even so, you are likely to need to watch what you eat.

Custom dentures are the exact opposite. They are totally customized to your mouth. This makes it much easier to eat and smile with confidence. Of course, this customization does come at a price. You may, however, find that you can get affordable financial options from a dentist in Flower Mound, Texas.

Overdentures, snap-in dentures, and implant-supported dentures

These three types of dentures are all, essentially, variations on a theme. They are all held in place by dental implants. The difference is the number of dental implants used and, hence, the degree of security.

Overdentures are very similar to regular dentures in that they basically sit on top of the gum(s). The dental implants do, however, add a bit of extra security. Snap-in dentures take this a step further. They are still removable dentures but they have extra implants for added security.  These extra implants also help to preserve the strength in the gum.

Finally, there are implant-supported dentures. These look, feel and act like a new set of real teeth. They are designed to stay in place safely for years at a time, including while you sleep.  You don’t soak them overnight to clean them, you clean them as though they were real teeth.  You can also bite and chew with them as though they were real teeth.