Tooth loss can be a result of periodontal disease, decay, or injury. Regardless of how you lost your tooth, the trusted team at Biltmore Commons Dental Care can help. We offer a variety of replacement options, including dentures. Replacing missing teeth with dentures makes it easier to eat and speak, and can boost your confidence. However, not all denture types are the same, which is why we’ll guide you through the entire process. There are several common types of dentures we offer our patients; here is what you need to know.
3 Common Types of Dentures
1. FULL DENTURES
When a patient’s tooth loss has become so severe, full dentures are usually the best option. A complete set is designed to look like a natural set of teeth, boosting the confidence of many adults and making it easier for them to eat and smile. Full dentures are the perfect option for you if you have severe tooth loss or decay on the top and the bottom. These dentures are usually made of porcelain or acrylic, and the teeth are held together by a metal base. A full set is designed to remain in place using suction, but many denture wearers find that using an added adhesive keeps them stay in place better. You’ll want to make sure your dentures fit securely and snugly at all times to prevent food particles from getting trapped under them.
2. PARTIAL DENTURES
For some, partial dentures are a great option, especially if they are only missing a few teeth. Typically, partial dentures are made out of the same porcelain or acrylic material as full dentures, but are securely held in place by small loops that fit around the surrounding teeth. However, some might argue that dental implants is a simpler option compared to partial dentures. For most patients, when it comes to deciding between implants and partials, it usually comes down to preference, ease of care, and cost. Dentures tend to be more affordable upfront, while others prefer the security and stability of implants. Partial dentures are also more common for people who are missing molars on the lower jaw. These smaller units are generally easier to put in and pull out than a full set, especially if some of the natural teeth can be saved.
3. TEMPORARY DENTURES
Temporary dentures, or immediate dentures, are most commonly used by dentists as a stepping stone between extraction and the making of a full set. These dentures can be fitted during the same appointment as your extraction, leaving you with a complete set of teeth for eating, smiling, and enjoying life while you wait for your full set. Your dentist may also send you home with temporary dentures to aid in the healing process and get you accustomed to wearing dentures. It’s essential to keep in mind that your temporary set will not be made out of the same durable material as a full set; thus, you shouldn’t put off getting your completed set from your dentist once they are complete.
WE OFFER PERSONALIZED DENTAL CARE
Finding reliable, affordable, and friendly care is easy for residents throughout Phoenix, AZ. Our team at Biltmore Commons Dental Care makes the transition from natural teeth to dentures easy and as pain-free as possible. We also offer dental bridges, implants, and any other routine dental care you or your family may need. To schedule your appointment, contact us at (602) 249-2227.