Dentures are removable oral appliances that replace missing teeth in your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Dentures are created using materials like acrylic, resin, nylon, metal, and porcelain.
There are many different types of dentures. The option that’s right for you depends on your unique oral health needs.
Full Dentures – replace an entire arch of missing teeth. A full denture rests atop your gums and relies on your palate (the roof of your mouth) or lower jawbone ridge for support. You may need to use denture adhesive (a special type of glue) to keep your appliance firmly in place.
Partial Dentures – if you’re missing several or most of your teeth in one or both jaws, partial dentures may be an option. Partial dentures are similar to full dentures, as they also rely on your gums and underlying bone for support. But partial dentures also have special clasps that hook around your remaining natural teeth, providing additional stability.
Implant-retained dentures – instead of relying on your jawbone ridge and gums for support, implant-retained dentures attach to dental implant secured on a small, threaded posts that is inserted in your jawbone to replace missing teeth roots. Like traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures are removable. Implant-retained dentures typically offer more stability than traditional dentures because they “snap on” to implants embedded in your jaw. You won’t need denture glue to secure them in your mouth.
Implant-supported dentures – Unlike other types of dentures, implant-supported dentures (also called permanent dentures or hybrid dentures) are non-removable. They don’t snap in and out, and only your dentist can remove them. These are generally recommended for people who don’t want removable oral appliances.
Dentures offer a number of benefits, including:
- Improved chewing function.
- Enhanced appearance.
- Improved speech function.
- Better nutrition (due to improved chewing function).
Dr. Soto The Downey Dentist provide of partial and total dentures. Depending on the condition of you and your teeth and mouth will determine what type of material should be used for making the denture.
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