Dentures can replace your missing teeth and breathe new life into both your smile and your overall appearance. However, choosing the best type of denture for you may require some help from your dentist. Understanding your options fully is key in making an informed and logical decision for your treatment options. Find out more about the types of dentures and what they can do for you with Dr. Steve Yi at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX.
Types of Dentures
- Full Denture: This is the type of denture you probably picture first in your mind. Full dentures are made from an entire arch of prosthetic teeth and fit into place in the mouth on top of the gums. Full dentures stay in place using suction or gravity and do not stay permanently in the mouth. Patients should remove their denture to clean and soak it while sleeping.
- Partial Denture: A partial denture uses remaining teeth to anchor into place. The denture’s customized design allows it to fit over the healthy teeth, seamlessly bringing the prosthetic and natural teeth together to form a single, full smile.
- Immediate Denture: Immediate dentures benefit patients who have to undergo extraction procedures prior to wearing their dentures. Immediate dentures act as a type of bandage for the fresh extraction sites, protecting them as they heal and allowing the patient to enjoy their new, full smile on the same day as their extraction appointment.
- Implant-Supported Denture: Implant-supported dentures use a full denture to replace the entire arch of teeth. However, rather than using suction or gravity to stay in place, your dentist will place permanent dental implants throughout the arch, providing a sturdy foundation on which your dentures can fit. Implant-supported dentures are mostly non-removable and patients should care for them as they would their own teeth, with twice daily brushing and flossing at least once.
Anyone at average risk for dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease should see their dentist at least twice a year for regular preventative dental examinations and cleanings. For more information on dentures or which type would best suit your situation, please contact Dr. Yi at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX. Call (915) 751-1007 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Yi today!