If you are missing teeth in either the mandibular or maxillary arch, dentures can be worn to replace the teeth. Full dentures cover the whole lower or upper jaw. Full dentures have prosthetic teeth attached to a gum colored base. Below you will find an explanation of the 3 different types of full dentures:
For patients who have completely healed gums, conventional dentures are typically suggested. Conventional dentures can be installed 8 weeks after the last tooth has been extracted. Everyones gums will heal at different rates, your dentist will be able to determine the right time for you to have your dentures installed. During the healing process, it is vital that patients maintain an excellent hygiene routine and eat appropriately.
Immediate dentures are used to help alleviate discomfort endured by patients living without teeth. This type of denture can be worn right after the teeth have removed. Because the jaw is constantly changing as the gums heal, immediate dentures need to be adjusted regularly at this time. This type of denture are advised as a temporary solution until your conventional dentures are ready to be installed.
Your dentist will always try to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. They do this because natural teeth will actually assist in maintaining the condition of the jawbone as well as providing an anchor to support your dentures. Overdentures, unlike the other types of dentures, will accommodate remaining natural teeth. They can also use dental implants for support.