Many of us do not want to discuss the fact that we may eventually lose our teeth, especially when we worry that we will end up with dentures that don’t look right in our mouths. Luckily, the denture market has evolved significantly over the years, and we can now expect that, when the time comes, we will be fitted with the right dentures for our individual needs.
Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures, complete and partial, and we will take you through the two options.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth need to be removed, and they will form a complete set of teeth in the person’s mouth. There are conventional complete dentures that can be worn after the mouth is fully healed and immediate dentures that can be placed into the mouth directly after the extraction has taken place.
Partial dentures are used when only some teeth have been removed and can plug the gaps to give the impression of a full set of teeth. Partials are attached to a base and then slotted into the mouth using a wired frame. You can have removable and permanent partials; removable are taken out at night and then reinserted each morning or permanent ones that are cemented directly onto the gum.
Alternatives To Dentures
If you are averse to the idea of dentures, you can choose an alternative that will best suit your needs. The main alternative to dentures is dental implants that are screwed into your gums before placing a tooth-shaped crown that looks and feels just like your natural teeth.
Many people prefer this option as they feel natural and can be maintained with brushing and flossing like natural teeth. They also remain in place and do not require denture glues or denture cleaners each night.
Which Denture Is Right For You?
When it comes to choosing the right option for you, the first thing you need to consider if the current state of your teeth. If you have many missing teeth or they are not in good condition, then a complete denture would probably be the best option and provide fantastic results.
If you have a few gaps with the rest of your teeth in good condition, then a partial denture or dental implants will work best for you. However, this can be costly, and you will need to ensure you can afford them before deciding on this as your chosen method.
Whatever position you are in with your dental health, Delmar Family Dental is here to help. We will work with you to select the best option and then agree on a treatment timeframe to help you plan and budget for the dental work you need.
Traditional dentures are no longer the only choice open to you, so give us a call to discuss your requirements as we would be happy to help you on your journey to a beautiful smile.