Full dentures are what most people think of when they say dentures. They are a removable restoration that replaces an entire arch of teeth. It has artificial teeth set in a base that mimics natural gum tissue. People get these when they have lost all teeth on the top of their mouth, the bottom, or both.
They can look attractive. These also let you chew better than without teeth. They may let you chew better than you do now if your current teeth are broken, infected, painful, or only a partial set.
Partial dentures are designed to replace one or more missing teeth, but less than a full set. They can be made of many different types of materials, but in all cases, the denture depends on your natural teeth for support.
These are mostly cosmetic and people enjoy having the confidence of a full smile. Many people find they can eat effectively. However, rarely improve your chewing ability.
Implant dentures are tooth replacements that are secured by dental implants. In most cases, when people talk about implant dentures, they mean removable restorations. If a restoration is attached to a dental implant so that you can’t remove it, we usually call those an implant bridge. However, the two terms can be used interchangeably.
Even if a denture is removable, attaching it to an implant makes it easier to bite and chew. It also makes the denture more stable for talking and laughing.
A long history of helping people who have lost some or all of their teeth. Although they are an old technology, we continue to use them because they help.
With dentures, you will enjoy:
- Improved confidence in your smile
- Clearer speech
- Better chewing
The amount of benefit you get in each category depends on the type of denture you have. All dentures will give you more confidence in your smile because they are all attractive tooth replacements along with giving you clearer speech, though you might need to practice a little until you can get it.
Better chewing is the hardest benefit to achieve. Most don’t help much with chewing. Full dentures are defi