Types of Dentures
Have you decided to replace some missing teeth and improve your smile with dentures? As you research your options, you may have some questions. A dental professional at Florida Dental Centers in Clearwater, Florida, can help. In the meantime, here is some general information about the most common types of dentures:
Full dentures are replacement teeth fitted into an acrylic base that resembles natural gums. The upper denture has a plate that covers the roof of the mouth, and the lower denture is horseshoe-shaped and rests securely on the gums.
A partial is a removable dental appliance that can be custom-designed to fit snugly over the gums and replace one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw if there are some natural teeth remaining. In addition to filling the spaces left by the missing teeth, the partial can help keep the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place.
After all of the natural teeth are surgically removed, the mouth tissue is allowed some time to heal completely before a permanent denture is fitted, crafted, and placed.
Prior to the removal of the natural teeth, a dentist takes measurements and impressions, then fabricates a temporary denture. After all of the natural teeth are removed, the temporary denture is immediately placed in the mouth (the patient is never without teeth). As the mouth tissue heals, the temporary set is adjusted by a dentist during follow-up visits as needed. When healing is complete, a permanent denture is fitted, crafted, and placed.
Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)
Instead of resting on top of the gums, implant-supported overdentures are held firmly in place by small titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw bone. The denture is designed to firmly “snap” onto the dental implants. While this structure provides a high level of stability, the denture can still be easily removed as necessary for cleaning.
Florida Dental Centers
Dentures can be an excellent, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. If you’d like to further explore your options, contact Florida Dental Centers in Clearwater, FL. We can help you determine the most appropriate type of denture for you, then custom-craft it in our own denture lab.