What Kind of Dentures is Right For You?

Should you be considering dentures? The prospect of replacing your own natural teeth with artificial prosthetics isn’t one that people spend much time daydreaming about or want to rush into but, by the same token, no one should wait too long, either! Living without teeth of any kind is harmful to your ego, self-esteem, social relationships, job prospects, facial anatomy and even your health.

There are several signs that you should raise the possibility of sometime needing dentures — maybe — with your dentist in Didsbury down the road(but not too far down the road). Here are reasons to turn your mind to the prospect: if you suffer severe or frequent tooth pain; if you hide missing teeth behind pursed lips; if you skip multiple dental appointments; if you have advanced periodontal (gum disease); if you have problems chewing and eating; or if your teeth are loose or mobile and the gaps between them seem to be growing.

Many people avoid researching and investigating dentures out of stigma and concern — but also out of ignorance. Here’s an introduction to the main types of modern and effective dentures available from a dentist near you today (or whenever you’ll need them).

What are dentures made of?

The artificial teeth in today’s dentures in Carstairs are mainly made out of hard resin materials, unlike dentures in the past that were mainly made from porcelain or plastic materials. The “gums” that frame the artificial teeth in dentures are made of similar resin materials, or more flexible polymers designed to fit snugly onto your own gums while remaining secure as you speak, chew and swallow.

All of the materials used to make dentures near you are designed to blend naturally with your skin tone, lips, gum tissue (especially if you are wearing dentures on only one arch) and remaining teeth (if you still have natural teeth in the same or your other arch).

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple teeth in the same arch (jaw), whether or not those teeth are adjacent (next to each other) or isolated from each other. Partial dentures are an alternative to Dental Bridges in Didsbury that replace one or more adjacent missing teeth while being anchored on natural teeth or supported implants. Partial dentures come in two basic forms: traditional partial dentures with a metal framework that are held in place by fasteners that clip onto natural teeth; or flexible partial dentures that contain no metal and that are not clipped to teeth, but that fold-twist into place. Partial dentures are removable.

Full dentures

As their name implies, full dentures (also called complete dentures) replace all of the teeth in your upper jaw, lower jaw or both.  They do not clip to anything like traditional partial dentures do but remain in place on your natural gums via suction, sometimes aided by denture adhesive. Full dentures are removable.

Implant-supported dentures

All of the types of dentures referred to so far sit directly on your gums or, in the case of overdentures, on gums and natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures are anchored into your jaw bone using dental implants. Implant-supported dentures can replace multiple teeth in an arch or all of the teeth in a single arch. Full arches of teeth can be supported by as few as four implants that replace the roots of your natural teeth and securely hold the artificial teeth in place without relying on your gums.

Which type of denture is best for you depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced; where those teeth were located; how close the gaps in your jaw are to each other; your budget; your ability to withstand surgery; and your cosmetic goals and lifestyle. To determine the best option for you, ask the staff at Carstairs Dentist to explain the pros and cons and suitability — or lack thereof — of each of these types of dentures. 

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