Different types of dentures options available.
Dentures are referred to as removable replacements for lost teeth that can be fabricated out of a variety of materials such as porcelain, plastic, or acrylic. Dentures are also known as false teeth. The requirements and preferences of the patient are taken into consideration while selecting the materials to be utilized in the fabrication of the dentures. While some dentures can only be used to replace a select few teeth, others can replace the entire mouth’s teeth, including the gums and tissues that surround them. Here are some of the common different types of dentures options :
- Full dentures: Full dentures also known as complete dentures are suitable for patients missing all of their teeth in the upper and lower jaw. Complete dentures help to restore the wearers eating and chewing and improve overall self-esteem and confidence.
- Partial dentures: Dental appliances known as removable partial dentures have clasps made of metal that are designed to secure themselves to the patient’s natural teeth. These dentures have the capability of restoring the natural appearance, sensation, and function of the patient’s teeth.
- Overdentures: Overdentures are supported by both implants and remaining natural teeth and can be removable and fixed. An overdenture allows the patient to retain natural teeth. These types of dentures provide a unique solution however they can be costly and time-consuming compared to a conventional denture.
- Snap-on dentures: Snap-on dentures are generally recommended for patients who are missing all of their natural teeth, but still have adequate bone tissue to support an implant. These dentures are made with locator attachments that are snapped onto locator receptors or implants which makes them both removable and convenient.
- Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures can be more challenging as they are not molded into the patient’s gums. These are temporary dentures that are a suitable option for patients who have gums and teeth that are particularly sensitive.
- Economy dentures: Economy dentures are not usually recommended for patients because they can harm their mouth and lead to poor oral hygiene. Economy dentures are easily accessible and are more affordable compared to other types of partial dentures.
What are possible alternatives to partial dentures?
There are also additional partial dental alternatives that can be considered by the patient in the event that they are unsure whether partial dentures are the best option for them. Here are some possible alternatives to partial dentures:
- Dental implants: Dental implants are permanent partial dentures that can outlast any other types of partial dentures under optimal conditions. Dental implants can be used to replace not only the crown of a patient’s tooth but also the entire tooth root, thereby preventing further bone degradation.
- Fixed bridges: Fixed bridges are another dental alternative for partial dentures that are more strong and more durable in comparison to dentures arches. In order to replace a missing tooth or teeth in between existing teeth, a bridge must span the length of at least three teeth. These bridges are more cost-effective than dental implants but may not provide all the same features.