TYPES OF DENTURES
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF DENTURES
Your dentist will examine your teeth to determine which types of dentures are right for you and provide you with options that vary in price and complexity of procedure, including:
Full dentures consist of both upper and lower sets, and are mainly used when all natural teeth are gone. Full dentures are removable and sit on top of the gums. With proper care and maintenance, full dentures can last anywhere from 5–10 years.
Partial dentures are recommended when 1 or more natural teeth need to be replaced. They are fixed to existing teeth, which helps to prevent future shifting.
Immediate dentures are placed directly after teeth extraction. Your dentist will take measurements and models of your teeth beforehand so the dentures are ready for you to wear while your jaw is healing.
A fixed bridge is used to replace missing teeth by surgically cementing an artificial tooth, known as a crown, to the remaining natural teeth on each side. Like all surgically fixed dentures—including implants, implant-supported dentures and snap-on dentures—fixed bridges tend to cost more than removable dentures.
A cantilever bridge is recommended when a molar is missing and there are no teeth on 1 side of it to support the bridge. One or more teeth on the other side are instead used for support.
Dental implants mimic the roots of your teeth. They are surgically placed into the bone and fuse with it over time for a natural fit. The implants are then “loaded” with a prosthetic, either immediately after surgery or within 6 months.
Implant-Supported Fixed Dentures
Implant-supported fixed dentures feature a crown that is secured to surgically inserted implants in your jawbone. It is then fixed in place with screws.
Snap-on dentures are removable crowns that snap on and off of surgically inserted implants in your jawbone. They fasten securely so you can chew the foods you love without worrying about your dentures coming loose.