Replacement teeth such as dentures can be of benefit to you whether you are missing many or all of your teeth. Our dentists can make your dentures resemble your natural teeth, both in size and color, so that there will be little change in your natural appearance. Like dental implants, dentures can give you more confident smiles and help with eating difficulties, though there is a period of adjustment where you will need to become used to the teeth.

Partial Dentures

When you are missing several teeth but still have several healthy teeth, partial dentures are a good option for teeth replacement. A partial denture can be constructed to fit most teeth alignments and to discreetly fill in for whatever teeth you are missing. The partial denture will rest against the gums, which may irritate your gums.

Some other highlights of partial dentures are:

  • Fairly affordable way to replace multiple teeth
  • Can invite buildup of bacteria, particularly where the partial dentures rest against your natural teeth.
  • Does not help prevent loss of jaw bone density
  • Need to remove nightly

Traditional Dentures

There are two main types of traditional dentures — conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the remaining teeth are extracted and the tissues have healed, which can take several months. Immediate dentures are inserted right away after the removal of remaining teeth. Our dentists will have already taken measurements of the jaw prior to this procedure. The obvious advantage is that you will not be without teeth, however, since healing may affect the fit, further visits for adjustments may be required.

Other highlights of the two traditional denture options are:

  • Least expensive way to replace all your teeth
  • Must be secured to your gums with creams and/or adhesives
  • May need to be adjusted as your gum shape changes
  • Bone loss occurs as there is nothing to support the density

Implant-supported Dentures

Using a combination of implanted posts and support bars, the implant-supported dentures are halfway between traditional dentures and implant-fixed dentures. Titanium posts are implanted into the jaw, with the addition of a support bar over the top of the posts. The bar is what supports the dentures and allows them to be removable. The dentures are likely made of the same acrylic materials that traditional dentures are made with, which makes them lightweight and vulnerable to chipping.

Other highlights of implant-supported dentures:

  • Costs generally fall between the cost of traditional dentures and implant-fixed dentures
  • Cleaning between dentures and gums easy once dentures are taken out
  • Helps prevent jaw bone density loss
  • Does not require any extra adhesive aid

Implant-fixed Dentures

Implant-fixed dentures are one of the best options when replacing all your teeth. They will look and act as your natural teeth did and remain secure, unlike traditional dentures which can have an uncomfortable tendency to slip. Implant-fixed dentures can also be shaped so that less of the dental fixture will cover your mouth. Traditional dentures tend to cover a large part of your palate, so you may lose more of your ability to taste things. Implanted dentures don’t do this to your palate, allowing you to retain more of your tasting ability.

Other implant-fixed denture highlights are:

  • Expensive option when it comes to replacing all your teeth
  • Tend to be made with tougher base than other dentures
  • Have to be without teeth as your gums heal from the dental implants
  • Is fixed and non-removable

There are many options when it comes to replacing your teeth. To determine which option is best for you and your needs, our dentists are ready to consult with you. Contact us today so you can set up an appointment and start the process which will give you the new teeth you need.