Types of Full and Partial Dentures

By Linden Dental
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures, like tooth loss in general, tend to be associated with old age. And while the risk of tooth loss and gum disease does typically denturestend to be higher after age 65 according to the American Dental Association, younger adults in their 30s and 40s are not immune to gum disease and tooth loss. In fact, over 45% of American adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, according to statistics. The dentists at Linden Dental, in Naples, FL, offer full and partial dentures for various degrees of tooth loss.

Fix Your Smile with Dentures in Naples, FL

Tooth loss - whether it consists of a single tooth, several, or all - can have a profound impact on everything from a person's social life to their oral and general health. Difficulty eating and speaking clearly, social embarrassment, and oral health problems like bone loss and gum disease are all common problems that come along with tooth loss. Dentures can help to solve many of the problems presented by tooth loss.

Types of Full and Partial Dentures

There are two main categories of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures treat complete tooth loss when all of the natural teeth are missing on the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures can fill gaps when there are some healthy teeth remaining.

The three types of full dentures include:

Conventional full dentures - Permanent removable pair of dentures custom designed to conform to your gums once they have healed if extractions were involved, or after a period of time after the initial tooth loss.

Implant supported overdentures - Implants are surgically placed in the gums to replace the root of missing teeth. With a few implants, dentures can be attached for a more secure fit (not removable).

Immediate dentures - A temporary pair that can be worn immediately after tooth loss while the gums are healing and the permanent pair is ready.

The two types of partial dentures include:

Removable partial dentures - Made of a removable metallic wire base, partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge.

Transitional partial dentures - A temporary pair made of plastic, transitional partial dentures can be worn as the gums heal and you wait for a permanent pair.

Find a Dentist in Naples, FL

Tooth loss happens, but you are not stuck with a damaged and incomplete smile. For more information on the different types of dentures and to find the smile restoration option that is best for you, contact Linden Dental by calling 239-593-0777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden today.

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