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3 types of dentures that can improve your smile (and your bite)

3 types of dentures that can improve your smile (and your bite)

Making the decision to receive dentures can be an exciting and life-changing event. After all, you are taking steps to improve your oral health as well as your smile. Getting dentures comes with decisions and planning that will ensure that your prosthesis is everything you dreamed of. One of the discussions you will have with your dentist is what type of dentures you need. It is important to do your homework before you make a commitment, so here are the three types of dentures you should know about before deciding what is right for you.

Partial dentures

If you have any healthy teeth remaining in your mouth, partial dentures are a great option for you. Partial dentures conform to the healthy, natural teeth, and removal of your maxillary and mandibular teeth will be unnecessary. They function just as normal dentures do, improving facial structure, chewing, speech, and the appearance of your smile without the extra effort of removing the perfectly functional teeth you already have.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are a better option than partial dentures if you either lost all your teeth or if your natural teeth are completely damaged. If this is the case, and you decide to receive full dentures, all your remaining natural teeth will be removed and replaced with a two-piece set of dentures, one for the upper arch and one for the lower arch. By removing the decayed teeth and fully replacing them with dentures, bone loss in the jaw may be slowed, and the prostheses will restore chewing function.

Fixed Dentures

These are the best permanent fix to non-functioning teeth, often referred to as dental implants. With fixed dentures, some surgeries are involved in order to keep the dentures in place and functioning better than most forms of dentures. There are typically two types of fixed dentures:

  • Implant-supported fixed dentures: with this technique, implants are surgical installed into your jawbone and secured in place with a crown. This way, the dentures are permanently secured into your mouth.
  • Implant-supported removable dentures: this is basically the removable version of implant-supported fixed dentures. Implants are still installed into your jawbone, but rather than keeping the dentures permanently in place, they simply provide stability for the dentures. That way the dentures may still be removed if needed.

Fixed dentures tend to be more costly, given that surgery is necessary to provide that extra stability and comfort that makes them so appealing.

In order to receive your money’s worth and make your dentures experience the best it can be, entering the dentists’ office well-informed about your options beforehand will give you a headstart and peace of mind. Your dental health should not be taken lightly, so make sure you’re at a dentist you can trust, who will go over the options for dentures more thoroughly. Once you've made a well-informed decision, the rest will be smooth sailing. Prepare for the smile you’ve been waiting for!

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