Dentures can become an important factor of your oral health. Having dentures that feel comfortable and easy to use is essential to reducing worries about your dental care and to keep you smiling.
A common misconception about dentures is that people will know that you’re wearing them. However, a good set of dentures will resemble your natural teeth, so nobody will be able to tell. They’ll have a positive impact on your facial symmetry too. With a well-designed and personalised set of dentures your face can be restored to its natural proportions.
Having dentures doesn’t necessarily mean that you didn’t take good care of your teeth either. You may need them due to an injury, as many injuries can lead to teeth being damaged or falling out. Some people need them due to dietary requirements too, as they are used for a function to help chewing. At other times it can simply be due to the body’s natural development, influenced by genetics. However, to prevent the need of dentures entirely, you need to consistently practice correct oral hygiene and take good care of your teeth.
Are you wondering what type of dentures is right for you?
Dentures have become a lot more common, with over 50% of adults over the age of 50 within the UK having no teeth and requiring the use of dentures. Here at Town Hall Dental, it is incredibly important to us that every patient has good knowledge of the different types of dentures and all the available options. We always recommend a consultation with your dentist first.
Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, are removable dentures that take up the whole of your mouth. When you lose all your natural teeth your jaw will naturally shrink to a lower level, consequently, your cheeks and facial muscles may shrink too. By using complete dentures, not only do you gain from the benefits of dentures, but they also restore your facial symmetries to their correct proportions too.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures contain dental implants that are used to hold your dentures firmly in place. If you experience trouble when using dentures, such as they begin to feel loose, then implant retained dentures are the solution. These implants are small titanium screws that act as the root portions of your missing teeth. Once implanted, they will gently and biologically fuse with your jawbone, in a process known as osseointegration, forming a more secure fit for your dentures. The result ends with you being able to eat and talk to your heart’s content, without having to worry about your dentures.
Implant retained dentures are removable too. They easily snap on and off without any hassle and are suitable for people who wish to have the option of removing and maintaining their dentures.
Fixed dentures are permanent dentures. They are the same as implant retained dentures, however, fixed dentures are securely locked in place. This means that when you need your dentures replacing, you need to visit your dentist to have them professionally removed and replaced.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or a few missing teeth. One missing tooth can have a negative impact on your oral health, causing remaining healthy teeth to rotate or shift. As a result, you may experience problems with chewing, and it can cause aches and pain on your surrounding muscles and jaw joints. Partial dentures contain false teeth that rest on a coloured plastic or metal base, coloured to match your mouth.
Partial dentures have all the benefits of the other types of dentures, such as making eating and talking more comfortable, but they also help prevent further damage to your remaining teeth too.
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