Dentures are replacement look-a-like teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth with ease. While dentures do take some time to get used to they are an excellent option for patients that have lost some or all their teeth. They will never feel exactly like your natural teeth; they are however the best alternative to natural looking teeth and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures, and they are full and partial dentures. Your dentist at South Anchorage Dental Center will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you and your needs based on whether some or all your teeth are going to be replaced and the total cost involved. Based on all the factors the dentist will guide you through the process of making the correct choice based on your needs and budget.
How do Dentures Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored all natural acrylic base fits over your gums so only you know they aren’t real. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue and in most cases, after wearing the dentures for several months they act and feel like your real teeth.
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Types of Dentures
Each set of dentures is custom-made in a certified dental laboratory from the impressions the dentist takes of your mouth. Your dentist will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you.
- Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed, and tissues have healed. One major negative is that the healing process may take several months or more, during which time you are without teeth.
- Immediate Full Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed thus you do not have to go around toothless for months waiting for the healing process to go full cycle. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted to ensure that the bone that supports the teeth reshapes as it heals which might cause the dentures to become loose and feel like they do not fit.
- Partial Denture
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture thus giving the dentures something to anchor to and create stability with your teeth.