Choosing the Right Type of Dentures for You

A denture is a dental prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. There are typically two types of dentures, full and partial. Dr. Jeffrey J. Emmi and his associates can explain the differences, as well as recommend a denture based on your specific needs. If you have lost one or more teeth and would like to learn more about the types of dentures available to you, our Wilmington, DE, dental office can help you understand your options.

Dentures come in a range of advanced materials and qualities for you to choose from. You can select the prosthetic that best matches your needs and budget.

Full Dentures

A full denture replaces all of the teeth in your upper or lower arch. A traditional full denture is a removable restoration consisting of a plastic, gum-colored base with a full row of prosthetic teeth attached to it. Dentures come in a range of advanced materials and qualities for you to choose from. You can select the prosthesis that best matches your needs and budget.

Full, upper dentures rely mostly on the natural suction of the mouth for stability, while lower dentures require the use of adhesives to stay in place. Candidates for full dentures will have lost all or most of their teeth on an arch. We will work with to ensure your dentures are secure and fit comfortably in your smile.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture replaces multiple teeth. Also removable, a partial denture will restore form and function, while also helping to prevent remaining teeth from shifting position and becoming misaligned. Partial dentures are made of the same high-quality materials as full dentures, and are typically help in place with metal clasps that attach to nearby teeth. You can also use adhesives for additional support.

Implant-supported Dentures

For decades, conventional dentures have been the industry standard for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Now, however, more and more patients turn to implant-supported restorations for superior benefits. While conventional dentures can stay in place with the help of adhesives and natural suction, implant-supported dentures attach to small titanium posts that the doctor surgically places in the jawbone.

Graphic of implant-supported and traditional dentures

These implant posts fuse with your jaw to provide unparalleled support for your dentures. You will be able to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence, and without the worry of a slipping or shifting restoration. You can can also choose from both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures to meet your unique needs. If you already have a traditional prosthesis, we can often convert your current denture to be implant-supported for optimal stability. 

A partial denture is often upheld by two implant posts, and a full denture can be supported on as few as four. These metal posts will become fixed in your jaw, permanently replacing your tooth roots. Dental implants will also improve your oral health, preventing bone loss, and preserving the shape of your jaw. Because your jaw will not shrink as a result of tooth loss, you will no longer have to worry about having your dentures relined and altered to fit the changing shape of your gums. 

Restore Your Smile

With so many available options, choosing the right denture can seem daunting. If you feel that you will benefit from dentures, contact our office today. We can explain all of the options available to you, and help you select the right one to restore your smile.

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