Missing teeth is more than a mere cosmetic problem as it reflects badly and hinders proper speaking and eating. If you are on a budget and in search of a practical solution, dentures can help. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as various types of dentures are available. Let’s discuss them and find out the perfect one for you.

Removable Dentures

They are artificial replacements made of a plastic base that fits comfortably over your gums. Removable dentures consist of replacement teeth of acrylic, porcelain, or metal material. This type of denture can be further divided into 4 categories:

  1. Partial Dentures
    Removable partial dentures, also referred to as RPDs, are prosthetics for those with a few missing teeth. They fit around the remaining teeth and can be used as a temporary or long-term solution.
    Removable partial dentures show great durability with an extensive lifespan with a survival rate of 90% or greater over 5-10 years.
  2. Complete Dentures
    Usually, dentists resort to complete dentures if more of your teeth are missing or there are no teeth in one or both arches.
    They are custom-designed to offer a perfect fit. Removable complete dentures have been found to have a lifespan of around 10 years, with most complete dentures lasting at least 5 years.
  3. Immediate Dentures
    This is one of the types of dentures whose placement is done on the same day that the dentist extracts any remaining teeth. Immediate dentures are often used as a temp to give gums a bit of time to heal before giving them a more permanent denture.
  4. Implant-supported overdenture
    It is a type of removable denture that uses implants to provide more stability. They snap-fit into locators or to a bar in your mouth. Sometimes, these dentures can be supported by less than 4 implants and are used whenever fixed dentures are not a viable option.

Fixed Dentures

The different types of fixed dentures include:

  1. Fixed Bridge
    A fixed bridge replaces missing teeth by surgical fixation of an artificial tooth with natural teeth remaining on both sides. They provide support for the bridge.
  2. Cantilever Bridge
    They are useful for those who have a molar missing with no teeth on one side to support the bridge.
  3. Implant-Supported Fixed Dentures
    As the name suggests, implant-supported fixed dentures are held in place by implants in the jawbone. They prevent bone loss and are comfortable, stable, and long-lasting. Additionally, they allow better and more natural biting and chewing. This is because your bone fuses with the implants, preserving the overall structure of the bone.
  4. Snap-on Dentures
    They are popular as removable implant-supported dentures. They are fastened tightly so you can chew and eat foods you love without worrying about your dentures coming loose.

Choosing the Right Type of Denture

Your dentist can select the best type of denture for you after assessing the parameters needed to be abided by for treatment success. Usually, it involves considering factors like your oral health, lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences.

Options like traditional complete dentures are suitable for full tooth loss, and partial dentures for some remaining teeth. While custom dentures are best for a natural look, immediate dentures help post-extraction, and implant-supported dentures are great for stability.

Closing Note

Work with your dentist to find out which option can provide maximum comfort for you. If you wish to learn more about types of dentures available from us, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Fahd Yousaf, DDS, from Howard University at Precision Smile Dentistry. You can call us at (540) 300-2255 Stafford and (202) 552-0077 Washington or drop by our office too.

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