Different Forms of Dentures That You Could Choose

16 August 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Dentures refer to dental appliances that are used to replace teeth that are either missing or have become weakened over time. The type of dentures that your dentist would prescribe for you would depend on the number of teeth that require replacement as well as the way you would like them installed. Here are some of the different forms of dentures that you could choose. 

Full dentures

As the name suggests, these types of dentures are designed to replace a full set of missing teeth. As such, they will cover either your entire upper jaw or entire lower jaw. Full dentures are made up of an acrylic base that is flesh coloured to enable it to blend easily with your gums. The false teeth are then mounted on this acrylic base. The shape of the full dentures looks like a horseshoe, so as to prevent dentures from restricting the movement of your tongue. Upper jaw full dentures will have an extended base that functions to cover the roof of your mouth so that they can stay securely in place. 

Full dentures are best suited for individuals who have suffered extensive damage to their teeth. Before installing these dentures, the dentist will remove any remaining teeth so as to ensure that the acrylic base will sit securely and firmly on your gums. Full dentures are removable so you are not expected to wear them all day and night. Instead, the full dentures should be soaked in solution overnight to keep them moist while giving your gums a break from them. 

Partial dentures

These types of dentures are designed to replace one or more teeth that are missing. There are several ways that these dentures can be installed. One of the more popular methods that dentists attach these dentures is through the use of metal clasps. These claps will grip the natural teeth occurring on either side of the gap, and then they hold the dentures in place in between them. If you are looking for an inconspicuous method of installing these dentures, then you could opt for precision attachments. These do not stand out as much as the metal clasps do, but could cost more to install. Lastly, you could opt for atrial dentures installed using dental crowns. The crowns are applied to natural teeth on either side of the gap, just as the metal clasps, and secure the dentures between them.