What kind of dentures can I get?

There are three types of dentures available: full dentures (also called complete dentures), partial dentures, and overdentures (which are also called “Snap-On teeth”). All of these options are removable, but overdentures use denture implants to secure the dentures in place.

 

How do full and partial dentures fit?

A traditional full upper denture is typically held in place by suction, and covers the entire roof of the mouth. The full lower denture fits over your bottom gums only.

Partial dentures may have one or more teeth on them, but are placed around your existing teeth. A partial denture has a metal base with metal clasps that are secured to adjacent teeth to hold the partial denture in place.

 

Which type of denture is best for me?

Full and partial dentures are the most cost effective solution for missing or failing teeth. Full dentures on the top fit snugly along the roof of your mouth; however, some patients find them uncomfortable, and gagging may be an issue as the denture fits close to the back of the mouth. As this top denture is also held in place by suction, there is the possibility of movement over time, which can cause rubbing and sore areas around the denture. Lower dentures can actually “float” in the mouth, causing difficulty talking, chewing, or even smiling naturally. If you have any trouble with your dentures, visit our denture clinic for a complimentary examination by Victor Minas. If you need a reline or repair, our dental laboratory is onsite, so repairs are made quickly and efficiently.

Partial dentures are a good option for patients with existing teeth. A partial denture fits securely, filling in the holes left by missing teeth, which helps keep existing teeth in place and reduce gum recession. The drawback is that partial dentures use metal clasps to secure the denture to adjacent existing teeth. These clasps can sometimes be seen in the mouth, and take away from a natural look.

Overdentures, or Snap-On teeth, can replicate both a full denture or a partial denture, but use titanium denture implants to secure the denture. There are no metal clasps visible, like a partial denture, and the overdenture “snaps” securely in place on the implants, so there is no movement.

The type of denture recommended for you will depend on the location and condition of any remaining natural teeth and your overall oral health. Your Smile Corp team of specialists will discuss all of the options with you so you can select your best choice.

 

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Full Dentures
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How do I clean my dentures?

Just like natural teeth, dentures must be cleaned on a daily basis with a stiff-bristled denture brush and a non-abrasive dental cleanser to prevent plaque and remove bacteria that causes bad breath. If you still have some of your natural teeth, plaque and bacteria from dentures can spread and cause plaque and cavities in your natural teeth as well. Make sure you also brush and clean your natural teeth, as well as the roof and sides of your mouth and your tongue. If you use adhesive, you want clean surfaces to help your dentures adhere well.

Tip! Use toothpaste to clean your natural teeth, but do not use toothpaste on your dentures, as it can dull the shine.

Dentures are our specialty. If you have any questions about dentures, or what your options are, please contact Smile Corp to set up a consultation. We’ll help you make an informed decision for your optimal oral health.

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Make proper denture care part of your regular daily routine to maintain your best possible oral health.