People can lose their natural teeth for a myriad of reasons, but none of those times are a pleasant experience. It could be due to injury, tooth decay or a number of different oral health problems. And if this is the case, you have probably been approached about getting dentures, or removable artificial replacements for missing teeth. Although dentures may take some getting used to and won’t ever feel exactly like your natural teeth, they have become more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable than ever before. Because there are three main types of dentures, which you need will depend on your situation:
Full dentures. Full dentures are used to replace a patient’s full set of missing teeth, the upper arch, lower arch or both. A set of artificial teeth a permanently a gum-colored base and are either kept in place by suction or by an adhesive.
Partial dentures. Partial dentures are used in cases where a patient’s missing multiple teeth are not located in a single arch. Partial dentures are attached to metal clasps and the artificial teeth present your remaining natural teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.
Implant dentures. Implant supported dentures are secured in place by dental implants, instead of just resting on your gums like traditional ones. Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone and your dentures snap onto them, preventing them from shifting around while you talk and eat. Unfortunately, for dental implants to be successful, a patient must have adequate jaw bone structure, so these aren’t always available to everyone.
For more information about dentures, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serve patients from Walnut Creek and all surrounding areas.