Thinking of getting dentures but aren’t sure what to expect? While they are often associated with old age, dentures can be an ideal treatment option. And it doesn’t matter how old you are.
Covering up unsightly gaps in the teeth, dentures can help restore your confidence and rectify problems with speech. Interested to learn more? Discover the answers to common questions about dentures below.
What type of dentures are there?
You may be surprised to learn that there are more than one type of dentures available. You can have fixed or removable dentures, and they can be made from a variety of materials.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common types of dentures used on patients…
If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, full dentures are an ideal option. Typically made from resin and an acrylic base, full dentures are designed to fit comfortably over the jawbone and gums. Impressions will be taken before the dentures are custom made.
If you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, partial dentures can be provided. They will fill in the gaps, blending in effortlessly with your natural teeth. Secured down with a metal framework, these types of dentures are typically made from chrome, rather than acrylic. This is because chrome is more durable and lightweight.
Implant retained dentures
If you need a more permanent fix, implant retained dentures may be recommended. Unlike full and partial dentures, they cannot be removed. Instead, they are secured into place with titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone.
There are pros and cons to each type of denture, making it imperative to go over your options with a dentist. They will be able to help you determine which one is right for you.
How long do they last?
How long your dentures will last will ultimately depend upon the type you have. At CK Dental, we only ever use the highest quality materials. They typically last anywhere from five to ten years provided they are cared for correctly. It is a good idea to undergo a check-up every six months to check the fitting and condition of the dentures.
To help make them last longer, patients are advised to treat their dentures as they would their natural teeth. Removable dentures can be soaked in a specialist cleaner and cleaned regularly with a soft toothbrush.
What can I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, impressions will be taken of your mouth, or a scan will be conducted. This will help to ensure the dentures created will fit comfortably in the mouth. Once fitted, your dentist will provide you with information on how to keep them clean and hygienic.
To learn more about dentures and whether you are a good candidate, book a consultation with one of our friendly dental experts today.