TYPES OF DENTURES
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF DENTURES
Your dentist will give you several options that vary in price and complexity of procedure. You should work with your dental professional to make the best decision for you, but here’s what you need to know beforehand.
Full dentures consist of both upper and lower sets, and are mainly used when all natural teeth are gone. With proper care and maintenance, full dentures can last anywhere from 5–10 years.
Partial dentures are recommended when one or more natural teeth need to be replaced. They also help keep your remaining teeth from shifting.
Some types of tooth replacements are fixed surgically, including bridges, implants, overdentures, and some removable dentures. Implants and bridges tend to cost more than removable dentures. There are four main types:
A fixed bridge is used to replace missing teeth by cementing an artificial tooth to the remaining natural teeth on each side.
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 implant is then “loaded” with a prosthetic, either immediately after surgery or within six months.
Implant-Supported Fixed Dentures
A crown is secured to implants that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. It is then fixed in place by screws.
Implant-Supported Removable Dentures
Implants in the jaw are used to attach a denture. This provides stability while still allowing you to remove the denture if necessary.