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What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

If you are in the process of searching for dentures in Stephens City, VA, there are different types to consider.


Traditional dentures will replace all of your teeth. These dentures sit on top of the gums and are replaced after teeth have been removed. Partial dentures can be used when you still have some of your natural teeth. These dentures have a pink colored base that is attached to a metal piece to hold the dentures in place. The number of missing teeth and their location will affect the comfort and stability of the removable partial denture. The use of dental implants may increase the stability of a removable partial denture, or dental implants maybe be the best solution for replacing missing teeth.

The two types of dentures available are complete and partial dentures. A dentist may suggest complete dentures when some of a patient’s teeth are missing while partial dentures are ideal when some natural teeth remain. Depending on the needs of a patient, a dentist may recommend particular materials for dentures. Some of the factors that are usually considered are appearance, wear, maintenance, and durability.

Dentures are often made from various types of resin or porcelain. Nowadays, acrylic resin is the preferred material, but sometimes porcelain is used depending on the case. Porcelain has a number of advantages. Porcelain teeth often look similar to real tooth enamel and can be color-matched to natural teeth. These teeth also feel similar to real teeth, which makes it easier to get used to them and they last long. They can also fracture in some cases depending on the bite. Not all patients are good candidates for this type of denture.

Acrylic resin has become a popular material for denture teeth for a variety of reasons. Acrylic is known to adhere more securely to the base of a denture. It can be easily adjusted to achieve the right occlusion. Acrylic is also usually light in weight and can be easily repaired. 

Some denture cases need a framework, also called a plate, for support. The plate is often made from a variety of materials including acrylic resin, chrome cobalt metal, or nylon polymer. If a patient decides to get dentures, the dentist will take an impression of the gums, which will be used to create a mold. This mold will be used as the basis for a wax model to which the artificial teeth are added. The model will be tested in the mouth of a patient to confirm if it will be suitable in color and size and for the formation of a plate that will fit well in the mouth. 

The plates that are made of acrylic resin are good for dentures that need an artificial gumline. The material can be tinted to resemble or look like a person’s natural gum color. Metal plates are ideal because they carry less risk of breaking. These plates also provide a good fit and are strong. Metal is usually good for partial plates that are hidden completely behind the remaining natural teeth.

It is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of dentures. This is important because it will help you know how long you can expect your dentures to last. A denture’s life span also depends on a person’s oral hygiene regimen, so you should clean them on a daily basis. Ask your dentist to find out if dentures are right for you and to learn more about why and how the different materials are used so that you can make a wise choice.​

Immediate dentures are placed on the same day teeth are removed but you will typically have to be a strong candidate for these dentures.  Even if you wear full dentures, you will have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. Immediate dentures will require a reline after some period of time.  Overdentures sit on top of the gums and are held in place with dental implants. They can be placed on the upper or lower jaw depending on your needs.

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