Also called false teeth, dentures are custom-made appliances you can wear to replace a missing natural tooth, gums, and adjacent tissues. You may require dentures Bala Cynwyd when you have missing teeth due to tooth decay, gum diseases, oral injuries, or aging. Dentures offer a cheaper way to replace missing natural teeth than dental implants and bridges. And because your doctor attaches dentures to a supporting structure in your mouth, it may be possible to remove them, especially at night.
Wearing dentures 24 hours a day may lead to the resorption of the jaw bone, sore spots and discomfort in your mouth, and attack by germs and bacteria.
Subsequently, below are the types of dentures and their pros and cons.
- Full dentures
Also known as complete dentures, you may need full dentures when you have lost all your natural teeth. Of course, before recommending full dentures, your dentist will often try to save and keep some of your natural teeth and ensure that other alternatives to dentures are not suitable.
By using full dentures to replace an entire set of your upper and lower teeth, your facial appearance will become fuller again like you have natural teeth, making you feel more confident about your smile.
The pros of complete dentures include restoration of eating and chewing and maintenance of a fuller, youthful facial appearance. However, full dentures may slip out of position as you eat or speak and cause the development of a lisp.
- Fixed partial dentures
You may need fixed partial dentures when you have a few missing teeth in your jaw’s upper or lower row.
An implant-supported bridge is excellent since it can keep your teeth in the right position, which can help avoid an improper bite. Also, since you have fixed dentures, they will feel more secure in your mouth.
However, because implant-supported bridges are usually screwed into the mouth permanently, you will need to go to your dentist to unclip and remove them. They also make cleaning difficult, and you will need surgery to fix them.
Also called implant-supported dentures, overdentures are prosthetic devices that your orthodontist will hold in place on top of gums using dental implants.
Unlike traditional dentures, overdentures provide more chewing function and stability. Overdentures will not become loose while you speak or eat.
Some cons of overdentures are that they are relatively more expensive and require invasive surgery.
- Temporary dentures
Generally, after removing your teeth, your dentist will often give your mouth sufficient time to heal before installing conventional dentures. But with temporary or immediate dentures, your dentist can fix them in your mouth immediately after extracting your natural teeth.
Therefore, temporary dentures are excellent if you have sensitive gums and teeth and require a short-term solution that promotes comfortable eating and talking after teeth extraction.
However, immediate dentures are not a long-term solution. Also, they do not resemble the appearance of your natural teeth and promote bacteria accumulation.
Contact Oasis Dental Team PC today to schedule an appointment with a dentures specialist.