Missing teeth can be a huge confidence killer for anybody. Having a beautiful smile is one of the most important factors in presenting your truest, happiest self to the world. And lost teeth also make day-to-day activities like eating complicated processes.
With so many options for teeth replacement, from partial dentures to full dentures and dental implants, many people struggle to identify what option is the best fit for them. Knowing what dentures are and understanding the differences between the different types of dentures are important first steps towards a beautiful new smile and regaining your oral health.
At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we can help you decide if dentures are right for you and consult you on what is the best denture option so you can start smiling again!
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth to replace missing natural teeth. Think of them as dental prosthetics, which is what they technically are.
Dentures aren’t for everybody, but they are a convenient, natural-looking and relatively affordable option for replacing natural teeth.
Traditionally, dentures are removable, allowing you to take them out at night time so they can be cleaned. Dentures are shaped to your gum lines and held into your mouth the by tissues of your oral cavity. But some denture types can be bonded to your teeth or implanted.
What Are Dentures Made Of?
Dentures of yesteryear were primarily constructed out of porcelain or plastic, but these materials proved to have their challenges. Porcelain is still used today for some dentures because they can resemble and also feel like natural teeth, and they can be quite durable.
However, they can break if dropped on hard floors, and they are known to wear down natural teeth, making them a drawback for partial dentures.
Today, most modern dentures are made out of hard, acrylic resin, which is both less expensive than porcelain and lighter in weight. Acrylic-resin dentures also adhere securely to your denture base and are easy to adjust.
Different Types of Dentures
Partial, removable dentures are used when you are only missing a few teeth and when your nearby natural teeth are not strong enough to support dental bridges. They are custom fitted and are easily held into place by natural teeth and your gum lines.
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are similar to partial dentures but have more artificial teeth on them because they are designed to be a substitute for when you are missing all of your teeth on the bottom or top of your mouth, or both. Suction along your gums keeps them secure.
Immediate Dentures and Overdentures
Alternative options include immediate dentures, which are constructed before your natural teeth are removed and then applied immediately upon extraction for during the healing process. Think of them as temporary dentures.
Overdentures are similar to full or partial dentures but are used as an “in-between” for when you have more than a few natural teeth missing but still a couple lingering ones left, or at least their roots which might still be in place. They are custom designed to fit over these existing teeth.
Dental Implants: Permanent Dentures
Finally, some people consider dental implants to be permanent dentures because they provide the same function as dentures yet they are not removable. Instead, a metal post usually made of titanium is inserted into your gums to serve as the root of the artificial tooth, and then the crown is attached on top of it.
Consider Dentures for a New Smile at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford
If you have missing teeth and want to regain your smile, make an appointment with Clayburn Dental so we can help you get your life back with dentures today.