denture[ den-cher ] / ˈdɛn tʃər /
an artificial replacement of one or several of the teeth (partial denture), or all of the teeth (full denture) of either or both jaws; dental prosthesis.1
When one sees the word “denture,” more likely than not what comes to mind is a full set of upper and lower artificial teeth in gum-colored base. But dentures actually come in many different types and forms, and can replace anywhere between one missing tooth and all the teeth on an arch.
If you’ve lost any of your natural teeth, it’s important to replace them not only to restore your smile, but also for your oral health and quality of life. Dentures are an affordable option for replacing missing teeth and come in three main categories: full (complete), partial and implant supported. Let’s take a look at these different types of dentures!
Full (Complete) Dentures
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are recommended for patients who are missing all of their natural teeth and do not have enough bone structure to support implants. Full dentures can be either conventional or immediate.
Conventional dentures are made and placed after the remaining teeth are removed and all tissues have healed, which may take several months.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and are placed immediately after teeth are removed. However, because tissue and bone shrink over time and especially while healing, immediate dentures typically require more extensive re-fitting and adjustments while the jaw heals, and sometimes have to be remade entirely.
Partial dentures are a good option for patients who have one or more remaining healthy teeth adjacent to the missing teeth. These appliances consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base, which is fastened to nearby natural teeth to keep them fixed in place.
They are not permanently attached, and can conveniently be removed for cleaning and while sleeping. Partials also help prevent other teeth from moving.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are attached to dental implants which are anchored in the jawbone, unlike regular dentures which rest on the gums. They are a good option for patients who have enough healthy bone structure to support implants.
This type of denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Implant supported dentures are usually more stable and comfortable than traditional dentures, with a high rate of patient satisfaction.
Whether they replace one or all teeth on an arch, dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably, and are made to closely resemble your natural smile or even improve it! Seeking to replace missing teeth with dentures? Call us at 206-324-1100 for a consultation and we will help you explore the best option for you!
1”Denture.” Dictionary.com, 2020 Dictionary.com, LLC, https://www.dictionary.com/browse/denture?s=t
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