Complete & Partial Dentures
Dentures are a reliable method of replacing missing teeth. While there are different types of dentures, they will either be complete or partial dentures - depending on whether the patient has lost all, or only some, of their teeth.
Our experts at Singing River Dentistry in Tuscumbia, AL will help fit you for dentures and restore your smile.
There are different types of dentures. Our dentists know a lot about the types available, and will help you choose the right one for your dental needs.
Complete & Partial Dentures
Complete and partial dentures are types of dentures people use to replace missing teeth.
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, and partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are missing.
Both of these dentures play a crucial role in keeping your dental structure in shape. For instance, partial dentures fill the spaces left by missing teeth and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. This ensures that your mouth remains in the right shape and structure.
On the other hand, a complete denture may be either immediate or conventional. These dentures are ideal for people that have lost all of their teeth. Whether you have lost your teeth in an accident or have a severe oral condition, complete dentures are reliable replacement teeth options.
Partial dentures play a similar role as replacement teeth options. They typically contain one or several artificial teeth, depending on your needs. These teeth rest on a metal or plastic base that is colored pink to match your gums and the roof of your mouth. Partial dentures can be removed at any time, making them convenient.
Different Types of Complete & Partial Dentures
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures can be either complete or partial dentures, depending on the patient's needs.
Whether partial or complete, this is a type of denture that is connected to your dental implants. In this arrangement, dental implants are fitted with a unique mechanism that allows dentures to lock them securely.
Implant-supported dentures differ from traditional ones because they don't sit directly on the gum tissues. Even though regular dentures can do a good job alone, implant-supported dentures can provide function, comfort, and better aesthetics. Dental implants also help prevent further bone loss.
You will have a natural and beautiful smile with these dentures.
Implant-supported dentures were specially designed to help patients with partial or complete teeth loss regain dental functionality.
While traditional dentures are held with aligners, implant-supported dentures are anchored on metallic posts. This provides better stability that enhances the tooth's functionality. You can bite and chew on hard foods without worrying about breakage.
Same Day Dentures / Immediate Dentures
Same day dentures, also referred to as immediate dentures, are another teeth replacement option.
As the name suggests, you can get these dentures on the same day. These dentures can be either complete or partial dentures: they can either replace an entire set of missing teeth or fill up a few gaps in your mouth.
The process takes only a few hours and gives you a new smile on the same day.
Fixed Dentures with Dental Implants
Another option for fixed dentures is to attach the dentures to implant bridges. The implant bridge provides the support required to keep the dentures stable.
You can bite on hard food surfaces with dentures to implant bridges without worrying about their stability.
They are strong, just like All-on-4 dental implants, thanks to the reliable anchorage. You can get fixed dentures attached to your All-on-4 dental implants depending on your needs.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, as some conditions are not ideal for the procedure.
To be a good candidate for this procedure, you should have healthy gum tissues that can support the implants. You should also have good oral and general health to get dental implants. One of the key aspects of getting implants is ensuring you have sufficient bone density in the jaw.
Bone density is crucial because you need it to support dental implants. Suffering bone loss doesn't necessarily rule you out as a candidate for dental implants.
This is because we can perform advanced diagnostics like bone grafting to place implants in your mouth. These procedures have allowed many patients to get dental implants irrespective of their underlying health problems.
Many factors make a person not a good candidate for dental implants. For instance, the use of tobacco products makes it challenging for dental implants to integrate into a person's jaw.
Chronic conditions like leukemia and diabetes may also interfere with the healing process after getting dental implants. This is why we will thoroughly evaluate your oral health first before placing dental implants in your mouth.
Snap On Dentures
These are another common type of dentures. They are unique and perform a wide range of functions for those with missing teeth. They feel and look like traditional removable dentures. What makes them different is that they have several locators on the underside of the plate, which can attach to the dental implant abutments.
Common Denture Concerns
Our patients raise various concerns regarding dentures. Here are some of the most common concerns.
Do They Put You to Sleep to Extract Teeth for Dentures?
We use local anesthesia when extracting teeth for dentures. You will have no recollection of the process due to the effects of the medication. While you will be sedated, you will still technically be awake during the process. It is worth noting that this step is only designed to prevent discomfort during the process.
What Happens if You Don't Have Enough Bone for Dentures?
You can still get dentures even if you don't have enough bone. Those that have experienced bone loss are eligible for different types of dentures. You may need a bone graft before denture placement if the bone mass is significantly low. Our experts will examine your mouth and decide whether a bone graft procedure is necessary before you get dentures.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Tuscumbia, AL Dentist!
Complete and partial dentures are essential in helping restore your oral health. If you have missing, chipped, or decayed teeth, our experts at Singing River Dentistry can restore your smile by placing implant-supported dentures in your mouth. Call 256-712-2240 to schedule your appointment.