What Type of Dentures Are Best For Me?
Monday June 12, 2017 by Melissa Brown, DDS
Have you been considering dentures? If so, you’ve probably wondered about what types of dentures are available and whether you’d be a good candidate. Wonder no longer! We have the answers to those questions and more.
What Kinds of Dentures Are Available?
There are two types of dentures — full and partial — and they are each comprised of acrylic, resin, and metal. Both full and partial dentures are custom-made in a laboratory based on impressions we take of your mouth.
Although dentures tend to have a bad reputation, they have changed dramatically over the years, thanks to advances in the field of dentistry. Today’s dentures are far more natural-looking and comfortable than the dentures that used to be available in the past. While there is still a period of adjustment in learning how to chew and talk, many patients are extremely pleased with the change in their appearance and the ease they experience when chewing.
What Are Full & Partial Dentures?
Full dentures replace all of a patient’s upper and lower teeth. Once a patient’s teeth have been removed and their gums have healed, they’re ready to wear full dentures.
Partial dentures are used in cases where only a few teeth need to be replaced. When a patient comes in for partial dentures, we insert a metal framework that attaches to their natural teeth.
The partial dentures rest on top of that framework and are attached with clasps or devices, called precision attachments. Partial dentures are a removable alternative to a bridge.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
The longevity of full dentures varies, based on the strength and durability of the materials used in their construction, and the quality of the fit. On average, complete dentures are expected to last between 5-10 years, although many patients wear their dentures for years beyond that.
Although partial dentures are also impacted by the strength and durability of the materials used in construction, they tend to have a longer life span than complete dentures. For example, research has shown that after five years, 75% of patients are still wearing their partial dentures. At ten years, that percentage only drops to 50%.
Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support a cemented bridge. However, the expense is typically greater, and not everyone makes a good candidate for dental implants. Find out more about qualifying for dental implants here.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Dentures?
We recommend dentures for patients who are missing a significant number of teeth. If you’re only missing a couple, for example, we may suggest a bridge instead. Also, denture wearers should have healthy gums and a good jawbone—this gives the dentures a supportive structure to “grasp” onto.
The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dentures is to schedule an appointment. It’s easy to do so! You can schedule your implant consultation online or give us a call today at one of our two Columbus locations.