If you are missing one or all of your teeth, you may be in the process of researching the best dentures for you. At Smile Denture and Implant Clinic, we see many patients that require a customized denture treatment. Here, we will explain different types of dentures that you can have and which one is the best solution for your specific health needs.

When you are missing one or more teeth, other teeth may begin to move to compensate for the “gap” in your bite, and you may experience shrinking of both the soft tissues and the supporting bone near your missing teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth, your jaw bone will start to irreversibly shrink over time. This can alter your physical appearance and can lead to subsequent problems with your other teeth. A denture keeps the underlying structures of your mouth – your gums, jawbone, facial muscles, etc. – active and engaged. It helps prevent further shifting of the other teeth in your mouth, while giving you the confidence of having a beautiful, complete smile.

Traditional Dentures or Full Dentures

This denture is the most common denture known to most patients. It is commonly used when a patient has no teeth remaining. The base of a denture is typically made of pink acrylic that will mimic the look and colour of your gums, so that your replacement teeth appear natural in your mouth. The teeth are typically made of porcelain or acrylic. Full dentures will sit on the top of the gums and can be easily removed. In fact, traditional denture should always be removed at night and cleaned so you can have a healthy and long lasting smile. Traditional dentures can be custom made and some patients choose a more expensive materials that help make the denture look as natural as possible and teeth durable over time.

Partial Dentures

This denture is best for patients who still may have some remaining teeth and wish to preserve them alongside the denture. This denture is typically made of acrylic and metal part that is placed around your natural teeth. Partial denture is a removable just like the full denture, and it helps restore the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or several missing teeth.

Immediate Dentures

This type of a denture is temporary denture that is placed on a same day as your teeth are extracted. In many cases,this denture is used so that patient can enjoy their daily activities right after their teeth were extracted. Over time, as the gums will shrink, a new and more fitted full denture will be created to replace the immediate denture.

Implant supported dentures

This is a denture that is attached or supported by dental implants. There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar retained and attachment dentures. The denture fits over the titanium bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.The attachment implant supported dentures are connected to the each implant in the jawbone which holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. Implant supported denture are the best option for patients seeking ultimate comfort and the most natural look and feel of dentures.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Schedule an appointment today with our friendly denturist at Smile Denture & Implant Clinic and we can help you decide which type of denture is best for you. Alternatively, contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation.