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Types of Dentures to Complete Your Smile

Dentures are one of the top inventions from modern dentistry yet. They are easy to manage, flexible and there are many types of dentures that you can choose from. Whether you lost your teeth through tooth decay or an injury, you can count on dentures to effectively replace your missing teeth. A good set of dentures comes as a big relief to a person who lost a tooth or teeth. With them, it's easier to eat, talk, and flash a confident smile once again. Dentures also serve as a protection and bridge to keep the gap from widening between your remaining teeth. Dentures can definitely be your most valuable dental appliance after a tooth/ teeth loss. There are three types of dentures that your dentist may recommend. It all depends on the result that you want as well as the current condition of your dental area. Types of Dentures
  • Conventional
This type of dentures is the common. They are the dentures that you wear after the area from where the missing tooth/ teeth came from has completely healed. Unlike other denture types, you need to wait for a few months before you can wear this conventional set of dentures. It also does not need any readjustment, which makes them practical and less of a hassle to use.
  • Immediate
While a dental technician is still working on your permanent set of dentures, you may put on some immediate dentures first. This set of dentures temporarily gives you a complete set of teeth. If you can’t wait to flash your pearly whites, having a temporary set of dentures will do the trick. Immediate dentures are created by making the most accurate impression possible in your mouth. Temporary dentures closes the gap between your teeth while waiting out the healing period. Your second visit to the dentist is ideally the time wherein you can get your permanent set of dentures. This is also the time for your dentist to make final adjustments to your permanent set as well.
  • Overdentures
Overdentures may provide better stability for teeth without having to remove any or all of your teeth. Some of them may be spared so that the dentures will have a stronger hold on your dental area. Overdentures can fit in your mouth even if only a few of your natural teeth are left. This type of dentures can also help care for your jawbone by stimulating it while also slowing down the shrinkage of the gum area where the missing teeth had been. When majority of your teeth are missing or damaged, your gum has the tendency to shrink because there is not enough teeth to hold in place. The type of dentures that your dentist will recommend for you depends highly on your dental situation. Are the rest of your natural teeth healthy? Is there a need to stimulate your jaw bone? How many teeth can the dentist save? All these questions may be answered during a thorough dental assessment.