Removable Partial Dentures
The most available option and the most common, Removable Partial Dentures, are for those who only miss some teeth. Like complete dentures, they can restore most functions of the teeth. It can also give you that nice, natural look and confidence.
Removable Partial Dentures consist of the missing tooth/teeth, then a gum-colored base. It has metal or plastic clasps, which keep the partial dentures in position.
It is usually the dentures you see to replace the missing teeth in the front to maintain a pleasant smile and confidence.
Flexible Partial Dentures
A kind of partial denture but made of a different material. Flexible partial dentures are mainly of nylon. Most full dentures and partial dentures are of rigid acrylic or plastic.
Typically, it would help if you had your gums heal before putting on dentures. You need at least a month or two, but with immediate dentures, you can wear them after your teeth extraction.
Immediate dentures, however, are so much unlike other dentures in feel and look. They do not feel as comfortable and do not look as natural as other dentures.
You will wear immediate dentures to keep that friendly smile and have that confidence as you wait for more permanent dentures, maybe partial dentures or other implants.
Overdentures are a type of dentures supported by either the remaining teeth or by dental implants. The dentures are held firmly by implant screws attached to the gums. You put the dentures on top of the implants. It makes for better stability and support for your dentures.
The dentist can put it on the upper or lower gums. You must remove them before you sleep to clean and rest your gums.
All-On-4 Implant Dentures
These dentures are put on your gums using four dental implants, hence the term all on four. It will replace the missing teeth in the upper or the lower gums, putting the dentures above the above implants. The dentist will put the implants into your jaw.
Of all the types of dentures, all-on-four implant dentures require the most intervention from the specialist. It is also more expensive than traditional dentures.
They call them economy dentures because they are the cheapest, most affordable dentures on the market. They are not custom-made, meaning they are premade or generic. Since they are not custom-made, you may need dental adhesive to keep them in place.
In general, dentists and experts do not recommend economy dentures. They are known to cause more problems due to poor quality. Using them can also lead to poor oral hygiene.
People who usually buy them are those who need to have a natural, very temporary fix for their missing teeth. They are not for long-term wear or use.
What you need to bear in mind when choosing dentures
Here are some factors that may help you choose the best type of dentures.
What do you genuinely need?
When choosing one for yourself, the need for a particular type of dentures should be the overriding concern. The first consideration would be the set or the number of teeth you need for the dentures.
You need full or complete dentures if you have no remaining teeth in the upper or lower gums. If you have remaining teeth, then you can settle for partial dentures or the like.
The first consideration should be if you need to go for full or partial dentures. Then once you determine the need, you can break down your choice to other types of dentures.
Here, there are several determining factors. The comfort and design would be one, as well as the material. As we mentioned, some dentures will show metal wires, while others do not. Some are of thick material; others, like flexible partial dentures, are of thinner nylon.
The natural feel also matters to some people. As a rule, the more you go from inexpensive to expensive, the more those types of dentures have that natural feel. Whatever types of dentures you wear, the price depends significantly on the look and feel it can give you.
But of course, the comfort matters much too. As a rule, you need to go for one that can make you comfortable eating, chewing, and speaking. Or the one that cannot give you a lisp. Since dentures are wearable dental appliances, it is only natural to have certain discomfort, especially at the beginning.
But not all types of dentures have the same discomfort. Some are more comfortable than others—custom-made dentures of whatever type will always be more comfortable than generic, premade ones.
So part of dentures being comfortable to wear is for them to be the perfect fit for your mouth. For this reason, dentists do not recommend you wear types of dentures, especially those permanent ones unless your gums have healed completely. Unhealed gums may impact the impressions the dentist will make of your teeth.
It means that economy dentures are generally the most uncomfortable to wear. We can only expect that, for they are the least expensive and readily available. Since they are not custom-made, not made to suit particular gums of individuals, they feel uncomfortable and have that unnatural look.
And that is why most dentists will not recommend premade, generic types of dentures. Comfort and convenience aside, it can have a significant, long-term effect on the healing of your gums, which may affect and cause a discrepancy in creating your permanent dentures.
But economy dentures have the purpose of giving you an alternative, at least for the brief time being. Much like immediate dentures, you can wear them if you have no other options and you need to wait for your permanent dentures.
Immediate dentures, however, are far more suitable for anyone than economy dentures. For one, they are custom-made for every individual. And The dentist would advise you on how to wear it and how long you will need to wear it.
More than any other type of denture, Immediate dentures are the most suited for people who have recently extracted teeth. They are specifically for this purpose.
The aesthetics and look also matter to many. If you want a more natural look, you can go from inexpensive partial dentures to expensive all-on-four implant dentures.
Different types of dentures differ in specifications and thus differ too in the natural look they can give you. Those that use implants, for instance, are more stable and can hold the teeth firmly into the gums. They can give you a more natural look, for they do not slide or move out of place.
In turn, those dentures can give you that confidence. That then reinforces the natural look of your teeth. If you wear them comfortably and confidently, the more the dentures will look natural, as if they are your real teeth.
And some types of dentures are just really more aesthetically pleasing than others. It may be due to the high quality of material and skills of those who made the dentures.
As we mentioned, some dentures are prone to plaque and bacteria build-up. It may give an unsavory look to the dentures. Due to the high-grade material used in making them, others are resistant to such build-up. Ultimately though, the way and the frequency of cleaning the dentures may impact the look also.
To belabor the obvious, inexpensive ones will naturally have that poor look because of poor material and quality. Expensive ones will always have that superior look because it uses high-quality materials and high-level skill and expertise in making them.
As such, generic types such as economy dentures and even custom-made immediate dentures are types of dentures that may not give you that beautiful, natural look. Those that are of high-grade material, and provide stability, can.
The dentist matters
It would be best if you had a true expert in your dental health. But this should not be just any expert, but must have known all your needs and be familiar with your dental health condition.
Having that kind of rapport with a dentist may take some time. So you must have a dentist check on your dental health regularly. It must be the case even if you do not need dentures.
If you have known the dentist for a long time, you can also know the quality and the level of expertise. Not all dentists are the same; some are more knowledgeable than others. You can only have an inkling of it if you have the dentist dealing with you regularly.
But if you have to look for a new one or deal with a dentist for the first time, you can ask and research about that dentist. You can look for relevant information about the dentist and see what he offers to the table.
Reputation truly matters, whether we like it or not. But if you research diligently, you can have a perfect dentist without spending expensively on dentures.
Taking care of your dentures
Taking care of your dentures begins with proper oral hygiene. It would be best if you took care of your oral health. It would be best if you kept your remaining teeth healthy. Brush or floss them regularly. As much as possible, do everything to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and oral problems.
As for removable dentures of whatever type, you must ask your dentist about the duration of wearing them, how long, and when you need to remove them. Removing them allows your gums to recover and rest, they say.
Removing them is the time that you can clean them. It would be best to clean your dentures regularly to prevent plaque and bacteria build-up. It will affect not only your dentures but also your overall oral health.
You need to clean your dentures the way you clean your regular teeth. You can brush them as hard as your regular teeth. But there are other ways to clean your dentures.
Among these are:
What is the best type of dentures for you?
The best type of denture is the one that perfectly suits you. By perfect, we mean the one you genuinely need, which can give you that natural feel and look. It must be a perfect fit, very convenient, and comfortable to wear. If we add, the dentures must be durable, long-lasting, and reasonably priced.
By need, it is one that you absolutely must have. If you still have remaining teeth, you need not have complete dentures. Partial dentures of all types will not suffice if you no longer have any.
Dentures that are a perfect fit are always custom-made. They are stable and do not slide or move out of place. Therefore, generic, premade ones, like economy dentures, are not the best. Immediate dentures are temporary, band-aid solutions you can have while waiting for permanent dentures. But they have their utility and purpose.
The truly stable dentures are the ones that can give you that natural feel and look. To this may belong overdentures and all-in-four dentures. The problem is that they require invasive surgery, which might be undesirable to some, especially if other alternatives are possible.
Flexible and removable partial dentures provide such. They are not as expensive as all-on-four implant dentures but could be as comfortable and durable. If done correctly and by a skilled hand, these custom-made types of dentures could give you a natural look and feel.
Most of all, if they can function like regular teeth, allowing you to do activities without hassle, then they could be genuinely that perfect fit, the best type of dentures for you.
So it would be best if you balanced everything. The important thing is that you consult properly with your dentist concerning these matters. The dentist is still the one in the best position to know. But as we said, you must also choose and have complete confidence in your dentist.