MANY OF US HAVE TO deal with tooth loss as we get older, whether because of an injury, periodontal disease or tooth decay. What can we do when this happens to us? Fortunately, the field of prosthodontics (false teeth) has come a long way, giving us plenty of options for filling the gap back in.
Modern Denture Types
Your individual situation will determine the type of denture that would work best for you. Obviously someone who still has some of their natural teeth won’t use the same type as someone with no natural teeth left. So what are the different types?
Full dentures are a complete set of removable false teeth. They can be just the upper teeth, just the lower, or both. These may be made of acrylic resin or porcelain, which imitates the look and feel of natural teeth, and they can last from 5-10 years.
Partial dentures are for people who still have some healthy natural teeth. The new teeth fill the gap so the natural teeth don’t start to shift and cause new oral problems. They are often made of acrylic resin, which won’t wear down the natural teeth like porcelain will, but don’t last as long.
Overdentures or implant-supported dentures, use implants as anchors for dentures. These dentures can be a removable or a fixed denture. Dental implants significantly increase chewing power, preserve bone, and reduce bone deterioration.
Which Dentures Are Right For You?
Figuring out the ideal replacement teeth for you can be tricky, particularly if you’ve never needed them before, but that’s why you have us! Schedule a visit with us as soon as you can so we can talk about what type you need and set up a plan to get you on your way back to a bright, full smile! Please call the office at (636) 239-6328.
As always, thank you for putting your trust in us!