3 Types of Dentures
Three of the most popular types of dentures are traditional complete dentures, removable partial dentures and implant-supported bridges.
- Traditional Complete Dentures
Complete dentures, commonly known as full dentures, are artificial teeth that are removable and used to replace a complete set of teeth. This type of dentures is used whenever a patient no longer has any original teeth remaining.
Complete dentures are made up of two components: the artificial teeth and the denture base.
- Removable Partial Dentures
This type is used for the replacement of just a few missing teeth. It is an excellent choice for those with some natural teeth remaining.
The dentures themselves are made up of false teeth and a base that is colored like natural gum tissue. This acrylic base is attached using clasps that can be made from either flexible plastic or metal.
- Implant-Supported Bridges
This is a fixed type of bridge consisting of dental implants that are placed surgically right into the jaw of the patient. Porcelain crowns are used, which are colored like teeth. This type of bridge is optimal for anyone with three or more missing teeth in a row.
Some other types of dentures include:
Here are a few tips to help you adjust to your new dentures:
Getting used to new dentures means taking it easy on them when it comes to your food choices. It is usually a good idea to stick to softer foods – at least for the first few weeks after being fitted with your dentures. This gives your dentures time to settle, and for you to make the adjustment. It also helps to cut your food into smaller bite-sized portions and chew more slowly than normal.
Patients sometimes find that periodically removing their dentures is helpful. For example, you may remove your dentures every four hours during the first week, giving your jaw, gums, and mouth a needed rest. This will also help to prevent gum irritation and give you an opportunity to rest your facial muscles. As time moves on, you can leave them in for longer periods at a time.
Using Different Adhesives
Since your new dentures will not be supported by a bridge or implant, be sure to use a high-quality dental adhesive. If you are not satisfied with the adhesive that you are using, experiment with different brands. You can also ask your dentist for the type of adhesive that they recommend and that most of their patients find most suitable.
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene
When you no longer have any natural teeth, it is human nature to overlook your oral hygiene. Even though your dentures are made of inorganic material, your gums and bones are not. Gum disease can still set in if you do not practice proper oral hygiene.
You also need to keep up with your dental exam appointments so that your dental team has a chance to examine your mouth and gums to look for signs of trouble.