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Types of Dentures

Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Whether you’re just missing one tooth or larger gaps in your mouth, dentures can provide a natural-looking solution that looks and feels much like your original teeth. There are several types of dentures available to choose from, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Different Types of Dentures

There are many different types of dentures to choose from based on your dental needs. Here is a look at some of the most popular options:

Temporary Dentures

Temporary, or immediate dentures, are designed for those who need a temporary solution for missing teeth. They can be worn until permanent dentures are made, helping to prevent any further damage to remaining teeth and gums. Temporary dentures can be easily removed and put back in, allowing you to eat and speak comfortably until your final set of dentures is ready.

An older woman sitting in a dental chair with the dentist holding a tray with two dentures on it

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when there are still some healthy, natural teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw. These dentures fill the gaps between the natural teeth and help to restore the fullness of a smile. Partial dentures are made from metal and plastic, and often have clips that attach to the natural teeth for added stability.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are an ideal option for those who need full-mouth restoration. They are securely attached to dental implants, which are placed directly into the jawbone for maximum stability and strength. This type of denture is designed to be more comfortable than traditional dentures, lasts longer, and looks more natural. It also prevents bone loss in the jaw area, helping to preserve facial structure.

Snap-in Dentures

Snap-in dentures provide a strong and secure fit for those who want a more permanent restoration option. This type of denture uses metal clips that attach to dental implants for maximum stability and comfort. Unlike traditional dentures, snap-in dentures don’t rely on adhesives and are much less likely to slip out of place. They also allow you to eat and speak with confidence, as the dentures won’t move or become loose with normal activities.

Overdentures

Overdentures are a type of denture that fits over the existing teeth for a secure and comfortable fit. They are designed to be removable, but they can also be anchored with dental implants for increased stability. Overdentures provide an option for those who don’t want to replace all their teeth or need additional support. Since this type of denture fits over existing teeth, they also allow some degree of preservation of healthy tooth structure.

Different Types of Denture Materials

The type of denture material you choose will depend on the type of denture you need, as well as your individual needs and preferences. Here are some of the most popular materials used for dentures:

Acrylic

Acrylic is a flexible and durable material that is often used to make dentures. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear, making it a popular choice for people who need full-mouth restoration. Acrylic dentures are also easy to adjust and repair, making them a great option for those who may need future adjustments.

A dental lab technician tightening a metal partial denture

Metal

Metal dentures are becoming more popular due to their strength and durability. They are typically made from stainless steel or cobalt-chrome alloys, making them extremely strong and resistant to wear and tear. Metal dentures also provide a more secure fit than acrylic dentures, making them ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle.

Flexible Resin

Flexible resin dentures are made from a soft, pliable material that provides a natural feel and allows for easy adjustment. They are lightweight and comfortable to wear, making them a great option for those who want a more natural look. Flexible resin dentures also provide a better fit than acrylic dentures and are less likely to break.

Dentures by Mile High

Mile High Denture Centers provides full and partial dentures for patients across the greater Denver and Colorado Springs area. Our on-site denture labs allow us to provide custom dentures in as little as one day. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced prosthodontists.

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