Removable dentures allow those with prevalent tooth loss to restore function and maintain facial fullness.
Types of Dentures
The exact type of preferred denture depends on the patient’s unique circumstances. Generally speaking, dentures come in three types:
- Full Dentures - also called standard or complete dentures, dentists use this form of dentures for patients who have lost a whole set of teeth. Full dentures on top of the gums after all teeth have been removed and the gums have begun to heal. This form of denture relies on suction to stay in place, and are made from pliable materials that improve the ability of the denture to stick to the gums. Full dentures can either integrate immediately, meaning the patient begins using them right after tooth removal, or conventionally, in which the patient must wait 8-12 weeks for the gums to fully heal. Both forms have benefits and risks, which are reviewed with the dentist during the consultation.
- Partial Dentures - these dentures are crafted to replace a limited number of teeth from the set. This form is similar to a crown or permanent bridge, except that a partial denture can be removed. The partial denture fitting places teeth atop a gum-colored plastic support structure which is often buttressed by support wire. Developed for each patient, these dentures fit into the natural gum and tooth structure, making them much more secure and therefore much more comfortable than full dentures.
- Cosmetic Dentures - this form of denture builds on both previous types of dentures but adds the technological advancements of heat curing to increase durability, as well as the use of implants to give them anchor points on the gum. Unlike full dentures, which rely on suction, cosmetic dentures attach directly to the implants, giving them the added security of partial dentures.
To determine which type of denture is right for you, you can call us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Davong.