As people age, teeth start falling out or becoming damaged. Missing teeth affect speech patterns and the ability of a person to eat. This causes a considerable amount of distress. Not only do missing teeth create a physical problem, they also affect social lives.
There are several types of dentures available. The type of denture that is right for you will depend on your personal preferences, your budget, and the structure of your mouth and missing teeth.
For example, some people may choose to go with partial dentures if they have a strong jaw ridge. However, a receding jaw ridge that becomes narrower over time does not provide the stability needed to keep dentures in place. In this case, a denture attached to an implant is a better option.
Types of Dentures
Dentures come in different shapes and sizes. Dentists customise them to meet their patient’s requirements, as everyone’s situation is unique. After all, some people may be missing their front teeth, while others their molars. There are also people who lack entire rows of teeth.
However, dentures can be categorised into two basic types:
- Partial dentures – Partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth inside the mouth. They usually attach to the existing teeth and mimic the appearance of the rest of the teeth.
- Complete dentures – Complete dentures replace entire rows of teeth. Dentures for the lower jaw usually resemble the shape of a horseshoe, while the ones for the upper jaw usually include an artificial palate as well.
There are different subsets under both types of dentures.
Tailoring Dentures to Your Specific Situation
A dentist will help you find the right denture for your specific situation. Dentures are highly dependent on each person’s needs.
For example, there are two types of complete dentures available: immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are made in advance and fitted immediately after tooth removal. Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are fitted after the area heals completely.
Dentists attach dentures to the ridge of the jaw line or anchor it to the area using dental implants. Not everyone qualifies for dental implants, because they lack the bone density necessary.
To find the right kind of dentures, you will require multiple visits to the dentist. The dentist will scan your mouth and conduct tests to see what type is most suitable to your circumstances.