All Dentures Are Not The Same: Understanding Types Of Dentures

Older African American couple happyBecause of pop culture, it’s easy to think of a full set of removable fake teeth sitting in a glass of water on a nightstand when anyone utters the word “dentures.” But those aren’t the only type of dentures available.

There are a variety of different styles to fit your specific needs – whether it be a full set, just the bottom row, a partial set or maybe just a few implants here and there.

It’s best to know all of your options before having the conversation about dentures with your dentist. Here is a list of styles and things to know, according to Colgate, about replacing your weak or missing teeth before your dentist appointment.

Full Dentures

This is necessary when your full set of teeth needs replacing. The dentist removes all teeth from your mouth and, overtime, your jawbone shifts to adjust to the missing teeth. In some cases, the dentist may measure your mouth for dentures before removing the teeth since the jawbone shifts without them. Other times, the dentist may do the measuring after the shift.

A flesh-colored acrylic base covers the gums and roof of the mouth, which allows for the top-row dentures to sit in your mouth. As for the bottom row, to account for space for your tongue, the acrylic base is shaped like a horseshoe.