What are the Different Types of Dentures?

By Michael S. Tosatti, D.M.D.
December 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are facing significant tooth loss find out how this oral prosthetic could help you.dentures

Are you dealing with tooth loss and looking for a quick and inexpensive solution? If so, our Berlin, CT, family dentists, Dr. Michael Tosatti and Dr. Samantha Matus, are here to tell you how dentures could end up being exactly the treatment you’ve been looking for.

What are dentures?

Dentures are designed to replace all or some of your missing teeth. This restoration has a foundation that is designed to look similar to natural gum tissue and sitting above the gum-like base is a set of false teeth.

As you might imagine, there are different dentures on the market depending on the extent of your tooth loss. Here are the denture options our Berlin dentist has to offer:

Partial Dentures

Are you looking to replace several missing teeth but still have some healthy natural teeth? If so, partial dentures are going to be the best option. First and foremost, we will want to determine if the teeth surrounding the gap are healthy and strong enough to support your dentures. If they are, then the next step is to take impressions of your mouth so that your partial dentures (sometimes referred to as a dental bridge) fit perfectly to fill the gap.

Partial dentures contain dental crowns on both ends of the restoration. Between the crowns sit one or more false teeth. The natural teeth are prepped so that they are ready to support a crown. Then the crowns are cemented into place to restore your smile and to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into that open gap.

Complete Dentures

If you are missing all of your teeth then you’ll be fitted for complete dentures. Complete dentures are worn during the day but removed every night before bedtime. Most people wonder how these dentures stay in place. Since dentures are designed based off the molds that we take of your mouth, our dental lab is able to create dentures that fit so closely to your gums and jawbone that it creates the natural suction that it needs. Of course, this can be more challenging for lower dentures. In this case, denture adhesives may also be used to hold your teeth in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Some people think that dentures are going to function just like natural teeth and can be disappointed by the results. If you thought your dentures would stay put or make it easier to eat certain foods then it might be time to consider dental implants. Implants function like tooth roots. They are implanted into the jawbone and provide a long-term foundation from which to support your dentures so that dentures don’t shift and move around in your mouth anymore. Of course, we will need to first make sure that your mouth is healthy enough to support dental implants.

Both adults and children dealing with permanent tooth loss can get the care they need from our Berlin, CT, dental office. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine what tooth replacement will fit your specific needs. Schedule a consultation with us!

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