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A Guide To The Different Types Of Dentures: Which Is Right For Me?

Dentures are a type of restorative prosthetic that are used for patients with missing teeth. If you are looking for a restorative dentistry procedure that can restore your smile, confidence, and ability to eat & speak, dentures may be the right option for you! In this article, we’ll talk about three of the most common types of dentures and the oral health situations in which they might be used! If you have any questions about dentures or are a resident of Southern Maine that is considering a restorative dentistry procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Gentle Dental Maine!

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are used when every tooth in the upper or lower jaw is gone. These types of dentures are composed of a gum-colored acrylic foundation that forms a tight fit against your gums. This base is then fitted with prosthetic teeth that allow the patient to chew, eat, and speak just like they would with natural teeth. Complete dentures are removable and should be cleaned regularly.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are an option for patients who have lost some teeth but still have some natural teeth remaining. These dentures consist of metal structures that are attached to the remaining teeth with artificial teeth fixed onto this framework. Partial dentures can either be removable or fixed.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are attached to the jaw with dental implants – small, screw-like structures placed in your jawbone via surgery. These types of dentures are fixed (non-removable) and are typically used for patients who are missing all or most of their teeth.

Which Type Of Dentures Are Right For Me?

The dentures that are right for you can depend on a wide range of factors that should be discussed with your dentist during a consultation. Some of the factors that can help determine which type of dentures are right for you include:

  • The number of missing teeth.
  • The condition of the remaining natural teeth.
  • Your budget
  • Your oral health
  • Your lifestyle

Contact Gentle Dental Maine!

If you have any questions about dentures or any other restorative dentistry procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Gentle Dental Maine! We provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry solutions to our patients at each of our offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham! Give us a call at any one of our offices, or if you’re not yet a patient with us, please fill out patient forms on our website!