The Two Types Of Dentures
Getting restorative dentures is not an easy thing to deal with, especially whenever you need to pick between two types of dentures. Our Hometown Dental dentist Dr. Brian Bomberger and his dental team knows all about the differences between full and partial dentures, and thankfully we believe in sharing knowledge. If you are still confused about which type of denture is the best for you, then we are happy to share our information.
A complete denture is used whenever all of your teeth need to be removed or are all missing, while a partial denture is for when you have some of your natural teeth still inside your mouth. While some people argue that one is better than the other, we argue that it depends on your situation.
Types Of Complete Dentures
There are two additional types of complete dentures, with one being conventional and another being immediate. Conventional dentures are made after your teeth have started to be removed and your gums heal, and they take about 8 to 12 weeks after your teeth have been taken out.
Immediate dentures do not have that waiting period, and these dentures are made in advance. As soon as your teeth are removed and your gums heal up, you can position the dentures and get started with your new smile.
The only disadvantage with immediate dentures is that your bones and gums will shrink during the healing process. Then they will need to be refitted to adapt to the changes in your mouth.
A removable partial denture has replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base and a metal framework. If you still have natural teeth in your upper or lower jaw, then you can use a partial denture to fill in what you do not have. A set of precision dentures are removable and is very natural looking. A fixed partial denture uses a traditional bridge technique that cements the crowns into place, making these partial dentures permanent.
What Type of Denture is for You?
The type of denture that you want, whether it is full or partial, or fixed or removable, depends on the situation in your mouth. If you do not want the hassle of cleaning and maintaining dentures, then getting something fixed is a good idea, while removable dentures are a bit more maintenance. But they are less expensive compared to their fixed counterparts.
If you have some natural teeth that have not been taken by gum disease or other problems, use a partial denture because nothing is ever going to beat your real teeth. If you have no healthy teeth in your mouth, then you will need to make sure that you have access to a full set of dentures.
No matter what type of dentures you need, our team at Hometown Dental is ready to help you get them. We are going to make sure that you do not need to worry about making a mistake with your new smile. Once you have the dentures in your mouth, you can eat, talk, smile, and laugh with no worries at all. Call our team at 971-287-3477 to set up your appointment.