When you’re missing teeth and thinking about getting a denture, the various terms that are used to describe the prostheses can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what types of dentures are available can help you know what to expect when you arrive at the dental office to discuss your concerns. There are 3 main types of dentures available:
If you are missing several to most of your teeth but still have some teeth that are completely healthy, then a partial denture is a great option. Partial dentures typically use clasps, which are anchored around “support” teeth to hold them into place. This allows them to be smaller than a full denture, but still replace multiple teeth at one time.
Some people call full dentures “plates.” Full dentures cover the entire arch of your jaw, replacing all of the teeth at one time. If existing teeth are still present, they must be removed before a full denture can be worn.
Fixed Implant Denture
Implant supported dentures replace all of the teeth at one time but are permanently anchored into place on top of titanium implant roots. These dentures give patients the most realistic tooth replacement option with the added benefit of not having to take the prosthesis out of the mouth.
In addition to these 3 types of dentures, there are also a variety of materials that can be selected from. Once you determine what style of denture is right for you, your dentist will help you decide on the level and quality of material that best fits your lifestyle needs. A healthy smile is something that everyone deserves – talk to your dentist about a custom fitted denture today.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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