What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

14 Feb 2018

What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

Are you missing some or all of your teeth? Replacing missing teeth has never been easier or more comfortable with our restorative solutions. With the different types of dentures we offer, we at Scottsdale Esthetic & Implant Dentistry have got you covered!


What Is a Denture?

A denture is a removable dental appliance that works as a replacement for your missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. There are two types of removable dentures depending on the extent of your tooth loss. Complete dentures replace a full set of missing teeth, while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, are permanently attached to a foundation surgically fixed into your jawbone.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be conventional, or immediate. Your dentures will include a flesh-colored acrylic base that covers your gums and the roof of your mouth, with an entire set of replacement teeth attached. We will remove any remaining teeth before fitting your complete dentures. Your jawbone will change its shape during healing, so we may wait several months before constructing your conventional dentures to ensure a perfect fit.

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are prepared in advance and immediately positioned following the removal of remaining teeth. This option will enable you to have teeth right away, without the wait. However, your bones and gums will shrink during the healing period, meaning that your immediate dentures will need more adjustments than conventional ones for proper fit and comfort.

Partial Dentures

When you are missing only a few teeth, partial dentures work to fill the gap and restore your smile. Your removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored based, often connected by a metal framework. Partial dentures also work to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into the space left by the missing tooth or teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

These types of dentures are attached to implants in your jawbone that extend outward from your gums. They are more stable than any type of conventional dentures, delivering superior fit and comfort. Implant-supported dentures work well both for patients who do not have any teeth but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants, and for patients who want to eliminate metal clasps from their partial dentures.


Talk to the Experts

Contact your Prosthodontists, your Restorative Dentistry experts, at Scottsdale Esthetic & Implant Dentistry to find out more about dentures and how they can enhance the quality of your life. Enjoy you natural-looking smile once again!