Types of Dentures
Partial denture – A partial denture needs support from the adjacent natural teeth and gums for it to stay in position. Clasps are used to secure the denture to nearby natural teeth.
Immediate denture – An immediate denture consists of prosthetic teeth inserted at the same day the teeth are extracted so that you don’t have to wait.
Full denture: When you are missing all your teeth, a full denture can be placed in the mouth. It consists of top and/or bottom teeth. They are kept in position by the supporting gums and generally with adhesive.
Over-denture: This type of denture sits over natural teeth and/or dental implants.
Advantages and Disadvantages
When your teeth are missing, an immediate denture is placed in your mouth. Let’s review the advantages and disadvantages of the various dentures.
- No embarrassment of missing teeth
- Better aesthetics because they look like natural teeth
- Without a dental implant, when you have missing teeth, you will experience jawbone loss. As a result, your dentures will require multiple visits to the dentists for adjustments.
- Dentures will require relining or possibly remaking because the gums can shrink over time.
Disadvantages of Conventional Dentures
- Poor speech
- Poor function
- Difficulty chewing
- Dentures require adhesive
- Exaggerated appearance
- Dentures shift
- Soft tissue abrasions and accelerations
Advantages of Over-Dentures
- Better support and stability
- Preserves your jaw bone
- Increased biting force
- Easier speech
- Better quality of life
- Improved aesthetics