Dentures are a great replacement for missing teeth. In most cases, dentures fit perfectly and are nearly as good as your natural teeth. Currently, there are different types of dentures besides the widely known teeth-in-a-glass, and they vary based on their purpose. Below is a detailed explanation of the purpose different types of dentures serve.
Full Teeth Replacement
A person who has a total loss of teeth in the upper and lower jaw needs a full replacement. Remember that the loss of teeth is not only for the very old, but it also occurs in young people because of dental ailments such as the periodontal disease.
Full dentures can be removable or fixed. Removable complete dentures are the conventional type, and patients can remove them whenever they want to. However, fixed complete dentures are implanted into the jaw and can only be removed by a dentist.
Partial Teeth Replacement
Partial replacement is done for patients who have a missing tooth, a few missing teeth or teeth missing on one side of the jaw. Partial dentures are used to fill in such gaps, and they are made of acrylic, cast metal or flexible denture technology. Partial dentures can be a mix of cast metal and the flexible denture technology.
Acrylic dentures are held in place by clasps, and the adjacent teeth also help in retaining them in their right place. Cast metal dentures are made from an alloy or gold and are stronger and less bulky than the acrylic type. Partial dentures made from the flexible dental technology are also referred to as the aesthetic type because they are undetectable. Some of the reasons include the fact that flexible technology dentures can be shaped and stained to mimic your natural teeth.
Immediate Teeth Replacement
Immediate teeth replacement is done for people who have had a tooth or teeth extracted. The replacement involves using an immediate denture to close up the gap formed after extraction. An immediate denture is prepared before extraction so that the correct size, shape and shade can be determined and so it can be placed immediately following the extraction.
Immediate dentures are helpful in that they enable the patient to eat normally after teeth have been extracted. Also, it gives the affected gum area sufficient time to heal. If you have your front teeth removed, an immediate denture comes in handy in closing up the gap and hence people won't see your gap.
Visit a denture clinic where someone will advise you on the type of denture that fits you best. Remember that some denture solutions may be more costly than others, but don't overlook the long-term benefits they offer.