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What are the Different Types of Dentures?

Most people have heard about dentures. They are removable artificial teeth that are custom designed to replace the missing teeth in your mouth.

Some of the most common causes of tooth loss include facial injuries, tooth decay, and gum disease.

You might not realize that there are different types of dentures available. When you visit a dental professional they will determine which type of dentures you need after a complete oral examination is performed.

Some dentures are created to replace a couple of missing teeth, while other dentures will replace every tooth in the mouth. 

After the dentures get made, they will restore your smile by ensuring that you have a complete set of beautiful teeth in your mouth.

Below are the top 4 different types of dentures.

1) Full Dentures

Full dentures are best suited if you need to replace all of the teeth in your mouth. The dentist will extract and remove the remaining teeth in your mouth. 

This procedure is standard when the patient’s gum disease or tooth decay is too severe to get treated or salvaged.

It usually takes between 8 and 12 weeks for the dentist to create full dentures for your mouth. The dentures are customized to fit in your mouth. 

The artificial teeth will resemble the size and shape of natural teeth. When the dentures are ready, they get placed on top of the gum line in your mouth. 

You can take them in and out of your mouth whenever you want. Not only will full dentures restore your smile, but they will let you chew food again normally.

The most common candidates for full dentures are elderly patients with significant tooth loss. It is rare for younger patients to require full dentures unless they suffered a severe facial injury or neglected their oral health from an early age.

2) Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are designed for patients who still have some healthy natural teeth left in their mouth. 

If they have just one healthy tooth on their upper jaw or lower jaw, it would be enough to require partial dentures.

Partial dentures, like full dentures, can be taken in and out of your mouth. The only difference is the partial dentures will not have a complete set of artificial teeth on them.

You will see a few missing teeth on the denture base, which signify where the natural teeth are located on your gum line.

After you put the partial dentures in your mouth, the artificial teeth and natural teeth will blend together. 

It will give the appearance of a full set of teeth. No one will be able to tell which teeth are real or fake. 

3) Immediate Dentures

When a dentist extracts all of their patient’s teeth, they need to wait up to 8 weeks for the patient’s mouth to heal. 

The new custom dentures cannot go inside the mouth until the jawbone and extraction areas have had enough time to recover.

If all of your teeth are gone, how are you supposed to chew food? The solution is immediate dentures, which are temporarily provided to you right after your teeth are extracted. 

They are meant to help you chew food as you wait for your mouth to heal. Immediate dentures are not molded to fit your gum line, so you can expect it to be more difficult using them.

They should look realistic enough because the artificial teeth are made from the same materials used to make full dentures and partial dentures.

4) Cantilever Dentures

Cantilever dentures are like a hybrid of a partial denture and cantilever bridge. It is a partial fixed

denture designed to fill the gap where a tooth was lost. 

A cantilever bridge positions the artificial tooth on the gap with the help of the surrounding natural teeth.

Cantilever dentures are different from ordinary bridges because they attach to only one part of the teeth. 

They can also restore more than one consecutive tooth from the same row in your mouth.

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