9 Different Types of Dentures

If you’re considering dentures, you need to be aware that there are several different types of dentures. You can discuss these choices with your dentist to determine which dentures will be the best fit for you.

Full Dentures

These dentures replace all of your teeth. They sit on the top of your gums. Once you have all of your teeth extracted, they usually go in about 8-12 weeks after that procedure. This type of denture is probably the last resort as a dentist will do whatever is possible to try and save your teeth before this is done. In some cases, full dentures may be the only option as the regular teeth may be too far gone to save.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is more common as most people have some natural teeth left. The dentures are attached to a metal piece and then this is placed in the mouth. You can remove the partial denture and they are easy to maintain. They prevent the other teeth in you mouth from moving and are usually made with acrylic materials.

Custom Dentures

Custom dentures tend to look more realistic, but are more expensive. You’ll get a natural-looking smile with this type of denture. The dentures are customized to your smile and you’re able to see the actual denture before it’s completed.

Immediate Dentures

These are typically placed the day that teeth are extracted. The main drawback of this type of denture is that not everyone is a candidate to receive this type of denture so you need to meet certain criteria before they are placed in your mouth after a teeth extraction is done.

Snap-In Dentures

Snap-in Dentures are another denture choice. These dentures are held securely in place. Attachments are embedded in the tissue side of your dentures. The attachments snap onto the implants so they are easily removed from the mouth and are a convenient type of denture to own. These are used when a person doesn’t have any teeth left, but still has the bone to support implants.

Implant Supported Dentures

A dental implant is used in this type to support the denture. You get a solid foundation and good support with this denture type so they stay in place. These dentures look natural and have a long life.

Upper dentures

These are dentures specifically made for the upper teeth. If you have teeth missing in the upper jawline, these dentures are usually made to replace those teeth.

Economy Dentures

Many people can’t afford other denture procedures so economy dentures are used. These are a generic type of denture and are loose fitting so adhesive is used to hold the dentures in place. They are fake looking, but are a low cost way of replacing teeth.

Overdentures

This type of denture sits on the top of your gums and dental implants hold them in place. These can be placed in the upper or the lower jaw and are removable.

Talk with your dentist to determine the best type of dentures for your needs. There will be several choices and your dentist will help you pick the best one for your individual needs.