The Pros and Cons of Different Denture Types

By Izzie • Health • 25 Mar 2013

Dentures are considered a prosthetic device. They are used to replace missing teeth and allow the wearer to eat and speak normally. They are removable and must be held in place with either an adhesive or metal screws placed in the jaw. There are several different options available for dentures. Discuss with your dentist what your needs are and then ask for a couple different options. That way you will be able to make the best decision based on your needs as well as your financial situation.

Complete Dentures

A complete denture is one that replaces all your teeth. In order to accommodate these dentures you may need to have a couple teeth removed. Once the teeth have been removed, the conventional dentures will be ready for fitting in two to three months. It can be hard for some people to live without their teeth for a couple months but it is necessary for the gums to properly heal so that the dentures will fit snug. If the fit isn’t right, then you open yourself up to bacteria growth as well as slipping and catching.

There is another option: full denture implants, and that’s immediate dentures. These dentures are placed right after the old teeth are removed. However, because of the removal, your gums may be sore and swollen. As the swelling goes down your dentures may not fit the same. You’ll need to go in for periodic adjustments as well as evaluations to be sure the dentures fit well once you heal.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are usually preferred when the patient has one or more of their natural teeth remaining. The dentures are attached to a pink, gum colored piece of plastic and metal framework that helps to hold the piece in place. With partial dentures there is less slipping or popping out of place than with a full denture. These partial dentures fill in the missing places in a person’s mouth and keep their remaining teeth from changing positions.

It’s important to take care of your partial dentures as rigorously as you would a full set of dentures. If your partials are cemented in, then you should care for them as though they were your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, use mouth wash, and floss to remove plaque buildup between your teeth.

Caring for Dentures

Dentures aren’t made to stand up to rough handling and care. You’ll need to make sure you are using a light touch. Like your regular teeth, dentures need to be brushed and flossed at least twice a day to remove plaque and bacteria. Use a soft tooth brush so that you don’t wear away the material.

If possible, rinse your dentures after every meal. Don’t use regular toothpaste as they can have small granules that will wear away at the denture material. You can also soak dentures in a denture cleaner. This can help to keep them white without bleaching the pink portion of the denture.

With proper care your Denver dentures can last for years to come.

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