Posted .

If you have several missing teeth, then you may be looking into restoring them with a denture. This natural-looking restoration renews your bite, appearance, and ability to chew and speak well, but there are several different types of dentures which each have different benefits. We will help you pick a denture designed to fulfill your unique needs.

Full Dentures

This type of denture is used if you have lost all of your teeth. It consists of an acrylic base that fits over your gum tissue (matching it in color) and a set of artificial teeth. The upper denture covers your palate (the roof of the mouth) while the lower denture has a horseshoe shape, allowing your tongue to move freely.

Partial Dentures

This type of denture is used if you still have some teeth remaining in your mouth. It has the tooth replacements as well as a metal framework which attaches to your natural teeth. Some partial dentures may have crowns instead of framework that fit over the remaining teeth, making it a removable type of dental bridge.

Overdentures

This is also a denture alternative if you have natural teeth remaining in your mouth. However, the denture covers these tooth, snapping over them to give stability to the denture as you eat and speak.

Implant-Supported Dentures

These dentures are similar to overdentures, but instead of snapping over your teeth, they snap over dental implants. Not only do the implants improve the stability of the denture, but they also support the jaw bone and prevent it from shrinking.