Dentures can restore your smile and improve tooth functioning by giving you a full set of teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth have to work harder to compensate for the missing teeth. Additionally, the gaps that result when teeth are missing can affect speech and cause the facial muscles to sag. Dentures help correct these problems. Different types of dentures are available and a dentist can recommend an appropriate type for you. At Southwest Dental Group, Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich are your Racine, WI, dentist for dentures.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures can be divided into two main categories: full and partial. Full dentures, also called complete dentures, are used when an entire row of teeth is missing and need to be replaced. Partial dentures are used when there are still some natural teeth intact and you wish to fill in the gaps around them. Different types of full and partial dentures are available. Your Racine dentist can advise you as to which type is appropriate for your needs.
Types of partial dentures include removable and transitional. Transitional partial dentures are only worn temporarily, often following extraction of several teeth. The transitional dentures are worn while the gums heal from the extraction. Once healed, patients can be fitted for a removable partial denture, which is meant to be worn long-term. Removable partial dentures are made from a lighter-weight material and are typically more comfortable to wear than the temporary transitional dentures.
Types of full dentures include conventional, immediate, and implant-supported overdentures. Immediate and conventional full dentures are similar to the transitional and removable partial dentures. Like transitional dentures, immediate full dentures are only worn temporarily while the gums heal from a dental procedure such as tooth extraction. The immediate full dentures are replaced with conventional dentures once the mouth has healed. Conventional dentures can be worn long-term, just like removable partial dentures.
Implant-supported overdentures are also meant to be worn long-term and are held in place by several dental implants. The denture fits over the implants, which are rooted in the jawbone for a secure hold. Implant-supported overdentures are a good option for patients desiring increased stability of their dentures.
Dentures can help give you back your smile, while also taking the strain off of any remaining teeth that had been compensating for missing ones. A dentist can help determine which type of dentures are right for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Defurio or Dr. Norovich, your dentists in Racine, WI, call Southwest Dental Group at (262) 632-3156.