Types of Traditional DenturesThere are two common types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, while partial dentures replace a section of consecutive missing teeth.
Both types of dentures contain false teeth attached to a base that is supported by your gums, and are made from a mold of your mouth, which helps to provide a proper and comfortable fit. Dentures are removable, and are meant to be taken out every night for cleaning.
One of the biggest disadvantages of dentures is that they used to look "too perfect." They were perfectly white in a pink base. However, this tended to aid in their unnatural appearance, especially if you still had natural teeth intact. Now, dentures are deliberately made to look less perfect.
The teeth can be matched to existing natural teeth, or slightly discolored to reflect the natural aging process. Even the color of the base can be matched to the color of your natural gums. In some instances, you can even choose to have minor, natural, imperfections created, as some labs hand place every single tooth.
Dental ImplantsYet another option for customizing false teeth is dental implants. Implants are small titanium rods that are surgically placed into your jaw, and support a bridge of teeth. These can be customized for your needs as well. The teeth are matched to your natural teeth.
Implants are often permanent, although there are also removable, implant retained dentures that snap into place and can be taken out for cleaning. And there are also all-on-4 dentures, used when there isn't quite enough bone mass, which is an entire arch of false teeth supported on only four strategically placed implants.
Now, the customization possibilities are practically limitless, allowing you to have a smile that is both functional and natural. Contact our office to learn more about your options and what is best for you.