Understanding the Different Types of Dentures

Understanding the Different Types of Dentures

Many people have a somewhat biased and outdated idea of how dentures work. Modern dentures have evolved considerably in recent years. There are several types of dentures that offer a reliable and cosmetically attractive solution to full or partial tooth loss for patients of all ages.

At Haider Family Dentistry, our team offers general and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Salem, Oregon. We specialize in custom dentures to restore your smile. 

Understanding the different types of dentures

Dentures are not one-size-fits-all. In fact, there are different types of dentures available for a number of situations to address your oral health needs and personal preferences. Haider Family Dentistry offers several options to make sure you get the most out of your dentures, from perfect fit to function and aesthetics.

Metal framework partial dentures

As their name implies, partial dentures replace missing teeth when you also have natural teeth left. Partial dentures are removable and are held in place with metal clasps or connectors so they seamlessly attach to your natural teeth for a secure fit. They do not require dental adhesives to stay in place.

Acrylic partial dentures

Instead of metal, the base of acrylic partial dentures is made from plastic. Clasps or adhesives keep the appliance in place. Acrylic partial dentures are generally considered to be a temporary replacement for partial tooth loss and typically don’t last as long as metal framework partial dentures, but it varies from person to person. 

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures

Dental implants with crowns replace individual teeth from root to crown. Instead of a bridge, the crown is secured in place with a screw-shaped implant that’s surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth to replace the root. Dental implants help to minimize bone loss because the implant fuses to surrounding bone tissue and functions just like a natural tooth. 

A dental implant and crown can be used to anchor partial dentures. With implant-supported dentures, the appliance benefits from a stronger and more durable fit.

Soft denture relines

Loose and ill-fitting dentures due to gum shrinkage and bone loss can be painful and uncomfortable. They may slip off while you’re talking or eating or cause cuts and sores to develop on your gums from friction.

When the size and shape of your gums change and your dentures no longer fit properly, a reline adds material to the appliance so it fits comfortably and securely against your gums again. With relines, you don’t have to start the entire process from the beginning and invest in a new set of dentures.

For more information about dentures and to help you decide which type is best for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeremy Haider.

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