Dentures are a common solution for people in the US who suffer from oral health issues or request a restorative dental procedure. Depending on your needs, you may be considering full or partial dentures to fill the gaps in your smile. According to the census in 2019, 41.23 million Americans were using dentures. Dentures offer a solution for people who have lost some or all of their teeth due to genetics, accidents or oral health issues. Depending on your needs, you may be considering full or partial dentures to fill the gaps in your smile. They can help you feel confident in your daily life and improve overall functionality when speaking and eating.
Partial dentures, or partials, are a set of removable teeth that may be used to fill gaps in any part of your smile. Not to be confused with dental bridges, which are fixed with crowns, partial dentures snap into place with a metal or acrylic framework. Partials can be removed at any time, and give patients a tooth replacement option that is lower cost than some other procedures.
Are partial dentures worth it?
You should consider partial dentures if most of your remaining teeth are healthy. Removing healthy teeth is impractical, so a partial denture could fit comfortably in your mouth while closing any gaps. This is useful because the false teeth prevent the healthy ones from moving, or growing to fill the space. With partial dentures you can maintain the alignment of your teeth and smile.
Which partial dentures are the best?
The two types of partial dentures are made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. There are a few things to consider when choosing between the two, such as the placement of the denture and whether it is a permanent solution.
Metal partial dentures are generally longer-lasting than acrylic dentures. The durability and strength of metal can affect how long you can use your dentures. If you are choosing them with cost in mind, this option may be more beneficial long term. Metal partial dentures can also feel more comfortable and natural, as they take up less space in your mouth.
Acrylic partial dentures are a lower cost option than metal dentures. Although they are not as durable as metal dentures, acrylic dentures can be repaired easily. They can also be made and replaced quickly if needed. Since they are bulkier, it’s possible that the plastic dentures can impair your speech slightly or affect your mealtimes. Acrylic dentures may also need to be adjusted to fit comfortably in your mouth, as they can be less accurate.
There are a number of different types of dentures that can replace all of your teeth on the upper or lower jaw. If a patient has a few natural teeth remaining, they may choose to get the teeth extracted before having dentures fitted. Dentures that are made after the gums have healed are called conventional dentures, whereas immediate dentures are placed right after the extraction.
What are conventional dentures?
Conventional (traditional) dentures are made based on a mould of your gums after they have healed. Waiting for the gums to heal after tooth extraction allows us to fit your dentures perfectly. There is a wait time of a few weeks after the extraction, when the dentures are being made, before you can don your new set of teeth. In the meantime, we will provide some temporary dentures so that you feel at ease during your waiting period.
The advantage of conventional dentures is that they are moulded to the shape of your natural gums and jaw. Once you put them on, the dentures will feel comfortable and custom-made to fit the contours of your mouth. There are some patients who don’t want to wait for their dentures and would rather have them placed immediately after tooth extraction, which is also possible at Trident Smiles Dental.
Are immediate dentures permanent?
Just like conventional dentures, immediate dentures are a long term solution for replacing missing teeth and can be taken out whenever is needed. Unlike the conventional type, this version of full dentures are fitted immediately after tooth extraction, allowing you to leave your appointment with a full set of teeth.
For your dentist to provide you with dentures immediately after your appointment, they are created beforehand and perfected in time for your extraction. After the healing process your gums may shrink slightly. Due to these changes, immediate dentures may need to be refitted more often than conventional dentures. At some point, the immediate dentures may be replaced by traditional ones if they are causing discomfort for our patients.
At your appointment: Making the right choice
Although you may now have a better idea about what dentures are right for you, it’s important to speak with your dentist about your decision. At Trident Smiles Dental, our dentists are knowledgeable about the different options available and can guide you towards the best possible dentures. Our dentures are customized to satisfy your needs and will be made to fit comfortably in your mouth