Dentures are a common replacement for missing teeth as you become much older. However, you might not know that there are three kinds of dentures. Each of these three types works a little differently, depending on how many of your own healthy, natural teeth you have left.
1. Full Dentures
Full dentures are for people who have zero teeth left, or you have only a couple of reasonably healthy teeth left. Your dentist can give you a full denture for the top, the bottom, or both top and bottom jaws. It is vitally important that you wear all prescribed dentures all the time, except at night when you are allowed to remove them for cleaning and soaking. Otherwise your gums will shrink, and your jaw bones will shrink. Eventually your cheeks sink inward if you do not wear the full denture(s) that are made for you, and that is not a pretty sight.
2. Partial Dentures
Partial dentures fill in teeth that are missing while circling around your existing teeth with dental wire to hold the partial in place. Most of the time a partial is made for missing teeth on the top, but your dentist can make a partial denture for missing teeth on the bottom as well. Partial dentures are removable, and they will need to be scrubbed clean nightly as well.
3. Denture Implants
This is the newest form of dentures. Your missing teeth openings are filled with implant screws, except that instead of implants, a denture is made to snap into place over these abutment screws. The can be constructed similar to partial dentures, or you can wear them as full dentures. Because they snap onto implant screws, you will never need to remove them. Just brush and floss the denture implants along with your regular teeth. If they are ever broken from a fall or a punch to the face, the dentist only has to remake a copy of the denture implant that was there before. No jaw or oral reshaping or molding is needed.
The first two choices allow you to remove the dentures, but they also run the risk of being broken and require denture paste to hold them in place in your mouth. The last option is fairly permanent, which means that you never have to worry about losing or breaking the dentures outside of your mouth. You also do not have to deal with gummy denture pastes because denture implants do not use any of that. When you make your choice, tell your dentist to get started.
For more information, contact a dental office like Centre Family Dentistry.