What Are Dentures and what Types of Dentures are available? (Part 1 of 3)

What Are Dentures and what Types of Dentures are available? (Part 1 of 3)

Dentures are a (usually) removable replacement for missing teeth and tissue.

There are a number of different types of dentures. They can be made of a flexible plastic, metal, acrylic, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. You and your Prosthodontist will work together to determine which option is right for you:

Complete Dentures — are manufactured teeth which are attached to a removable base that rests on the gums, after all teeth have been removed.

  • The stability of complete dentures can be enhanced by attaching dentures to dental implants.
  • Overdentures rest on teeth that are filed down to the gum.

Partial Dentures — are manufactured teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, which sits over the gums only where teeth are missing. In addition to filling in for missing teeth, the bridge also keeps other teeth from moving.

  • The “Fixed Bridge” is a partial denture that places crowns on teeth that are adjacent to the space and then uses a metal clasp to attach the manufactured teeth to adjacent crowns. This bridge is then cemented into place.
  • A “precision partial” has internal attachments that attach to the adjacent crowns, rather than the metal clasps, so the bridge looks more natural.

Immediate DenturesDentures that are placed the same day that your teeth are removed. They are made in advance, and so they require more adjustments to fit properly, since the gums shrink a bit after the teeth are pulled. Immediate dentures are usually considered a temporary fix rather than a permanent solution.

Conventional Dentures — are usually ready after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, a process that can take 2-3 months after the teeth have been removed.

Dr. Keith Phillips has years of expertise in the art and science of creating well-fitting, attractive dentures. We use state of the art computer technology to ensure your teeth fit with precision and comfort. Dr. Phillips was recognized by SeattleMet as a “Top Dentist in Prosthodontics,” voted on by his peers, from 2011 – 2016. Give us a call and we will have you looking your best in no time at all. (253) 922-6822.

Part 2: What are the Pros and Cons of Getting Dentures? Click Here
Part 3: Why should I see a Prosthodontist for dentures? Click Here

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