Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
According to the American Dental Association, over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and over 30 million are completely edentulous (no teeth). Dentures help to restore functionality for millions of people every year. In fact, about 90% of edentulous individuals wear dentures. There are a few different types of dentures and the best choice for you will depend on severity of loss, cost, and patient preferences. Our dentists at Summit Dental Group can help you decide which dentures are your best option.
The Importance of Dentures
The loss of teeth can cause a lot of changes in a person's life. When someone is missing teeth, they may have low self-confidence and be wary of smiling. Dentures can help restore a person’s confidence and make them feel more "normal". Dentures today look very natural and people often cannot tell when someone is wearing them.
In addition, the loss of teeth causes deficiencies in the ability to speak and eat. Dentures restore your mouth to normal functioning so you can go back to your everyday activities.
Types of Dentures
There are a few different styles of dentures that people get. First, you can get either complete or partial dentures, which are exactly what they sound like. Complete dentures are made for people who are completely edentulous and are supported strictly by the soft tissue in the mouth. These are made of a plastic base resembling the gum and either plastic or porcelain teeth. Partial dentures are for people who are only missing sections of teeth. These are supported by both the soft tissue and the teeth. These may have a combination of plastic and metal framework.
There are three main types of dentures; conventional, immediate, and overdenture. Conventional dentures are made after teeth are removed and the tissues recover fully. This could take several months. Immediate dentures are those that are inserted on the same day your teeth are removed. You may need to have this realigned once you heal completely. Overdentures are placed over your natural teeth so you can preserve them. These have a similar function to that of dental implants.
Each of these can be removable. That said, there are cases in which you may need to get fixed dentures. These cannot be removed.
The exact process for making dentures will depend on the specific type you get. These all start with getting impressions of the teeth; this step just may be done at a different time. Once we have the impressions, these are sent to the dental lab so the mold can be made. You will then have multiple visits with your dentist where smaller parts of the denture are fitted each time until it is complete. This is done to ensure you have a good fit.
Dentures need to be cared for just like natural teeth. When not in use, they should be placed in a cup of water or denture cleaning solution. Never place them in hot water as this could warp them and change the fit. In addition, they should be cleaned daily with soap and water. You should also rinse your mouth daily when not wearing the dentures to prevent infection and other oral health conditions. If you need dentures or have any questions, contact Summit Dental Group today.