Just like the rest of the body ages and becomes weaker, it is not uncommon for the teeth to do the same. Many older people opt to have their natural teeth extracted and have them replaced with dentures. This puts an end to dental problems while still allowing the person the ability to bite, chew, and smile with confidence.
The type of dentures that are best for a patient often depends on the severity of the condition of the natural teeth. These are some of the different options available when choosing the best dentures for your needs.
Full Upper And Lower Dentures
When you get full upper and lower dentures, all of your natural teeth must be extracted. Molds are made of both the upper and lower gums and artificial teeth are placed in the molds to replace your missing teeth. A full set of dentures are custom made to fit your mouth so that they are comfortable to eat with, speak with and smile with. Full dentures can be removed whenever necessary to be brushed or soaked to keep them clean and sanitary.
Partial dentures, also known as a partial plate, are necessary when only some of the natural teeth have been extracted. A partial denture is made to fit the area where the natural teeth are missing so that the teeth look healthy and natural. Partial dentures can be worn while eating just like full dentures and can also be removed for cleaning. They are made of the same material as full dentures and may also have small wires that fit around or above the natural teeth to help hold them in place.
To get a tighter, more natural fit, denture implants are also available. These look like regular dentures, full or partial, but there are tiny screws in the base of them that actually attach to the jawbone under the gumline. Denture implants remain in place at all times which makes them look and feel more like natural teeth. They can be brushed and flossed just like natural to keep them in the best condition.
Another option for those who need dentures is snap-on dentures. These dentures can be either full or partial. They are held in place by snapping onto implants in the gum line or anchors that are attached to the remaining natural teeth.
Snap-on dentures stay tightly in place but can be removed for cleaning and then snapped back into place. Since these dentures do not have a visible artificial gum line like traditional dentures, they look more like natural teeth.
Some people say it takes a bit of time to get used to wearing dentures. However, it is worth it because it puts an end to dental problems while still allowing the person the ability to bite, chew and smile with confidence.