Dentures / Partial Dentures

Missing one or more teeth can easily turn any daily activity we take for granted extremely difficult. Speaking, smiling, or chewing, can turn into activities that become nothing short of a challenge. This without mentioning the social, self-esteem, and security issues that might stem from that. 

Luckily, there is a solution here at Scottsdale Dental Care. If you have lost one or several teeth, you are prescribed a partial denture. If all the teeth on your gum are gone, then you are in for a full denture. In order to apply for a partial denture, you should have the majority of your teeth in good shape.

Losing teeth is not only a matter of aesthetics but of functionality. Dr. Thompson is a specialist in returning beautiful smiles through the insertion of dentures. Come over to the clinic and he will help you decide which is the best choice for you.

Types of Dentures |

To help you decide which are the best dentures for you, let’s take a look at the nine types of dentures and we will try to help you decide what is best for you. 

1.Traditional complete full dentures

These are the dentures that replace all the teeth and it is used when there are no teeth left on the gums. They sit on the top of the gums, where they will stay for the appropriate time. The procedure for traditional dentures is not too easy as they are placed 8-12 weeks after the last extraction. 

2. Partial Dentures

This one happens when the patient still has some of their natural teeth. This is seen when there are missing teeth in the front of the upper and lower jaw. To ensure the position of the tooth the two teeth adjacent to the gap are used to anchor the partial denture.

3. Custom Dentures 

This type of denture is more expensive due to the quality of the teeth which results in a more natural smile. It is fully customized to your smile and to meet your particular needs.

4. Immediate dentures

You have to be a good candidate for this type of denture since it is applied the very same day that teeth are removed/extracted.

5. Implant-supported Dentures

A dental implant securely supports the denture in this case. This means that the denture has a really strong hold that allows it to stay in place. 

6. Snap-in Dentures

These are the most stable type of dentures. They are held in place by dental implants or they are anchored onto the existing teeth. Locator attachments on the dentures snap into these implants or locator receptors. This makes them super convenient and removable. We recommend these types of dentures to patients with strong bone support for an implant. 

7. Overdentures

The overdenture is placed on top of the gums and held in place with implants. This one is also removable. 

8. Upper Dentures

As the name says it, upper dentures are dentures for the upper teeth. These might be the best solution for you if you are missing teeth in the upper jaw.

9. Economy Dentures

These dentures are generic and many times the most cost-effective. The fact that they are generic means that they look fake and do not fit securely in your mouth. Hence, the dentist has to apply denture adhesive for a more secure fit.

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Caring for Dentures |

Once you have dentures, you have to take special care of them. 

  • Clean tongue and gums daily with a soft brush or washcloth
  • Visit your dentist twice yearly for an exam and adjustment
  • Remove plaque from your dentures daily with a toothbrush or denture cleaner
  • Do not wear dentures while sleeping
  • Do not allow the denture to dry out or overheat
  • Handle your dentures with care, as they may break if dropped

Contact Dr. Thompson if you are interested in dentures. We are happy to help you get a full and complete smile here at Scottsdale Dental Care.