Restorative Dentistry: Types of Dentures
Getting to know the different types of dentures can help you make an informed decision about which type will work best for your particular needs.
At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, Langley, we understand how important it is to have a smile that you can be proud of. That is why we offer a selection of dental services, including restorative dentistry services, for patients who are looking to improve their oral health and get their smile back.
Types of Dentures
Some of the different types of dentures available include:
Full dentures are designed to replace a full set of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Dentures that are designed to replace teeth in the upper jaw come with a flesh-coloured acrylic base that covers the gums and the roof of the mouth, while dentures for the lower jaw are shaped like a horseshoe to avoid covering the tongue.
Prior to fitting you for full dentures, your dentist will remove any remaining teeth in the set. Since the jawbone will slowly react to this process and reshape itself over time, your dentist may choose to wait several months before measuring and ordering full dentures. Waiting to measure the mouth rather than doing it right away will help ensure that your new dentures fit perfectly.
Partial dentures can be used to fill the gap when only a few teeth in the set are missing. Unlike full dentures, partial dentures can be attached to the natural teeth through the use of metal clasps or precision attachments. This type of denture can also be attached to crowns, which can help improve the overall fit of the partial dentures.
Implant-supported dentures are designed to attach to implants in the jawbone that extend outward from the gums. The implants for this type of denture are surgically fitted over several visits to ensure a proper fit. Compared to full dentures and partial dentures, implant-supported dentures offer a higher level of stability.
Implant-supported dentures are available in both bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures feature a thin metal bar that attaches to two to five implants in the jawbone, as well as clips that fix the denture to the bar. Ball-retained dentures often contain sockets that fit onto ball-shaped connectors on the implants.
If you have any questions about the different types of dentures or restorative dentistry, or if you are interested in one of our dental services in Langley (general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and pediatric dentistry), please contact JVR Dental at 604-371-3188 or by filling out a contact form on our website.