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Dentures 101 – The Different Types of Dentures

Dentures are an excellent way for people of all ages to replace missing teeth. The process of getting dentures, however, is more complicated than simply showing up at the office and walking out on the same day of your teeth removal with a fresh pair of dentures. It’s important to learn about all the different types of dentures so you can be sure you’re picking the right fit for your mouth. Every type of denture has its own unique characteristics and set of pros and cons.

We’ll be covering the three most common types of dentures to ensure that you’re picking the right fit for you when the time comes to decide on your future smile! We’re confident that this guide will give you everything you need to familiarize yourself with all the denture options. 

Immediate Dentures

Remember when we mentioned that you can’t expect to walk out of the office on the same day as your teeth removal? That was a half-truth. The exception to the rule is “immediate dentures.” They are given to you on the same day as the teeth removal so you don’t have to walk around tooth-less until your standard dentures are complete

Immediate dentures are a stop-gap solution to keep you comfortable in the time between your teeth removal and the completion of your long-term “standard” dentures. Don’t worry – while immediate dentures won’t fit as snuggly as standard dentures, they offer a range of benefits that will keep you comfortable and confident. 

Immediate dentures reduce post-operative effects such as bleeding and swelling. It also helps you become familiar with the sensation of dentures and you’ll be able to develop speech and eating abilities over time. Lastly, it keeps your mouth strong while you wait for your set of standard dentures. 

dentist holds pair of dentures

Standard Dentures

Standard dentures, also known as conventional or complete dentures, are the permanent pair of dentures you receive and are meticulously sculpted to fit snuggly, look just like your old teeth, and give you complete confidence. 

Made from acrylic, these types of denture come in either partial or complete formats. Partial dentures are required for individuals who are only missing some teeth, while complete dentures are required for individuals who are missing all their teeth. While they are different dentures, they maintain the same level of strength, appearance, and longevity and only differ in the number of teeth they are replacing. 

You can expect to have your standard dentures maintained by your denturist every 5 years or so (depending on the patient, type of denture, and wear). Contact your denturist if you have questions about repairs, rebases, and relinings. 

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures, in contrast to standard dentures, which seal to your gums and are non-invasive, are a type of denture that is connected to implants. The implant component of implant-supported dentures is attached to your jawbone to give you the sturdiest fitting dentures available. 

Implant-supported dentures provide an unrivaled degree of comfort, stability, and durability because the false teeth are attached to the implants which are connected to the jaw bone directly. Simply, they act like real teeth! 

Implant-supported dentures don’t demand the same level of maintenance as standard dentures as implant-supported dentures stop your mouth from experiencing jawbone-related changes that occur post-tooth loss. This is due to the stimulation implants give to your jawbone – it’s essentially a workout that keeps your mouth in top shape. 

implant-support denture example

Kanata’s Trusted Source For Dentures

We hope this blog has satisfied any questions or concerns you may have about dentures. Dentures are the perfect solution for people experiencing tooth loss as they give you the ability to smile with complete confidence, eat without restriction, and keep your jawbone strong. 

Contact Village Green Dental if you’re ready to rediscover your beautiful smile. We’ve been serving Kanata and Ottawa with high-quality dentures thanks to our great location, modern equipment, and unbeatable customer service. Get in touch with us today!