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Types of Dentures

If you are currently researching the varieties of dentures to determine which one is ideal for you, the choices might feel overwhelming. Fortunately, deciding which denture type is right for you is far easier with the right information.

Read on to learn about each type of dentures to help you determine the best option for you.

1. Traditional or Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, also known as traditional or full dentures, replace all of a patient’s teeth. Unlike dental bridges, which are actually anchored to existing teeth, complete dentures sit directly on top of the patient’s gums. Traditional dentures are usually placed within 8 to 12 weeks after a patient’s teeth have been extracted/removed.

2. Partial Dentures

If an individual still has some natural teeth, partial dentures may be a good option. A pink-toned base attached to a metal plate holds the dentures in the patient’s mouth.

Partial dentures are removable and convenient since you can take them out as needed. Partial denture also help prevent other teeth from shifting.

3. Economy Dentures

Economy dentures are usually the most cost-effective option in terms of dentures. However, they do have drawbacks. Since they are a generic denture, they may not fit comfortably or securely in the mouth. They also run the risk of looking fake. A dental adhesive is usually needed to ensure a better fit.

4. Custom Dentures

Custom dentures are created using more expensive teeth to achieve a smile that is more natural looking. The dentures are customized for your smile to ensure a natural result that is well-suited to your features.

5. Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are usually put in place on the very day teeth are extracted or removed. This type of denture requires a certain candidate.

6. Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures are held securely in place by a dental implant. The dental implant provides a secure foundation, is long-lasting, and looks natural.

7. Snap-in Dentures

In terms of stability, snap-in dentures are considered the most effective. Anchors or dental implants hold them securely onto existing teeth.

Snap-in dentures are unique thanks to the locator attachments planted within the tissue-facing side of the denture. These locator attachments snap securely onto the locator receptors or implants. This makes snap-in dentures removable and convenient, offering similar benefits to partial dentures.

Generally, snap-in dentures are used when an individual does not have any other teeth, but do possess the adequate bone structure needed for supporting an implant.

8. Overdentures

Overdentures sit directly on top of the gums and are secured by dental implants. They can be placed on either the lower and/or upper jaw depending on the individual’s desires and needs. Overdentures also boast the advantage of being removable.

9. Upper Dentures

Upper dentures are exactly what they sound like, dentures for the upper jaw. If you are missing some of your upper teeth, upper dentures may be an ideal option.

See what kind of dentures will work best for you! If you already have dentures, be sure to know how to properly maintain them.