You may know dentures as false teeth. The kind that your grandparents used to wear and place in some liquid overnight, but there are different types of dentures, and they can serve different purposes. The certainly not just a solution for old people have lost their teeth. Different types of dentures are used for unique purposes.
False teeth offer an alternative solution for people who may not be able to afford a more permanent treatment for tooth loss. If you suffer from tooth loss and so not yet have the financial means to get a smile makeover or an implant, you can get dentures while you plan for a more suitable treatment plan.
Types of Dentures
- Complete dentures: For patients without any remaining teeth not wanting dental implants
- Partial dentures: For patients with a few remaining teeth that can support a removable partial denture.
- Implant supported dentures: 2-4 dental implants can help retain a complete denture to improve its stability and patient comfort.
Alternatives to dentures
There are alternatives that more closely resemble your natural teeth. These are typically used for one or just a couple of teeth but can be used for multiple teeth in some patients. Bridges and implants are the most common alternative to partial dentures and sometimes full dentures.
How do I clean and care for dentures?
Like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned daily. Bacteria, plaque and tartar, can still build up on your dentures which can harm any remaining teeth you may have and your gums. Upon reception of your dentures, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to clean your false teeth.