Types of Dentures
The type best suited for your current dental situation and your desired goals depends on many factors including your medical history, number of missing teeth, oral health, gum health, and jaw bone density. While your budget may affect what type of denture you ultimately get, we want to ensure you receive the best dental restoration for your needs.
Full Denture: Full dentures are placed in your mouth after we have extracted any remaining teeth and you have fully healed. As with any medical procedure, healing time will vary for each patient.
Westchester prosthodontist, Dr. Steven Brisman at Chappaqua Dentistry can also provide immediate dentures placed right after any remaining teeth have been extracted. They will have to be adjusted in a few months because the bone supporting the teeth will change shape as you heal, and this affects the stability of the dentures.
Partial Denture: Partial dental “flippers” rest on a metal framework that attaches.
to your natural teeth. Sometimes we place dental crowns on some of your natural teeth that serve as anchors for the partial denture. Sometimes, your partial dentures have clasps that help them adhere to your teeth for support.
This type of denture, also called “partials,” is an artificial replacement that replaces the missing teeth and is supported by the surrounding tissues and remaining teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth, you would likely not be a candidate for partial dentures.
While partial dentures are usually removable, some can also be fixed or permanently attached; fixed partial dentures are also called dental bridges.
Implant-Retained Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures
These types of dentures are held in place with dental implants (which require surgical implantation in your mouth).
Implant-retained dentures, while still resting on the gums, provide much more stability and security than dentures simply placed in place with adhesives. Implant-retained dentures often only require two dental implants, which makes them an affordable option for many people who make good candidates for this type of denture.
Implant-supported dentures are even more stable than implant-retained dentures and will require four or more dental implants. The additional implants allow the denture to distribute the force of biting and chewing directly into the jawbone, which reduces the discomfort that eating often causes with other types of dentures. Implant-supported dentures cost more than other types of dentures, and the process from start to finish is longer due to the higher number of dental implants necessary to restore your mouth’s optimal function.
You can learn more about implant-supported dentures on our All-on-4® Dental Implants page.
Denture Reline (Or Realignment)
Sometimes dentures must be adjusted and relined. A denture reline involves adding material to the inside of your dentures and allows the denture to adapt to your mouth as your jaw bone and gum tissue change.
Denture relines will allow you to:
- Speak more clearly
- Eat with more ease due to the dentures fitting more comfortably
- Maintain better oral hygiene because food won’t get trapped under the denture
- Avoid painful sores and infections that may occur if dentures are not properly placed
Make a Denture Appointment At Chappaqua Dentistry Today
Please call Chappaqua Dentistry at (914) 238-8200 to schedule a new patient appointment, or fill out our online contact form so one of our team members can reach out to answer any questions you may have about dentures.