Removable, conventional dentures are the most affordable denture option. This option is for individuals who are missing some or all of their teeth.
Living without teeth can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Our dentist in Lincoln, NE and their team of skilled dental professionals can craft natural-looking, customized dentures that will look and feel great. Removable dentures allow you to eat a variety of foods and function better than without any teeth. Removable dentures can also help give you back the look of “natural fullness” that teeth provide.
At our Denture Studio, you can have carefully crafted teeth that will offer a superior fit. Also, they’ll be far more comfortable than some of the other cheaper, ill-fitting dentures on the market.
Dentures can be made from a vast array of materials. In addition to a variety of materials, there are also many kinds of dentures. We classify them as follows:
Are there any other alternatives or options besides dentures?
Yes, there are alternatives! One alternative is to support a fixed bridge, which eliminates the need for a denture. Keep in mind the cost is usually more, but bridges and implants have a closer resemblance to the feel of a person’s natural teeth. Often, they can be placed without putting any surrounding teeth or gum tissue at risk. As a result, dental implants have, over the years, become the most preferred long-term replacement option for missing teeth.
Emergency Repairs for Dentures
If you have chipped, dropped, or broken your denture, call us right away. We will work hard to repair your dentures as quickly as possible.
What are the different kinds of dentures?
A removable partial denture is a removable dental appliance. A partial denture replaces several missing teeth. Partial dentures can be used in the upper or lower jaw and are not fixed in the mouth. You can remove a partial denture at any time. There is a possibility that a partial denture might be recommended if you have several missing teeth. Moreso, partial dentures can help you improve your cosmetic appearance when done by a dentist in Lincoln, NE. Having partial dentures can create the appearance of having natural teeth, and they can also help with chewing biting or food.
Chrome or an acrylic material is used to make partial dentures. Acrylic dentures are more cost-effective but are not as strong. Chrome material costs more but tends to last longer.
Removable Full Dentures
Full removable dentures are also referred to as traditional dentures. This type of denture was used more often in previous days. Also, it was not attached to any implants. Full dentures replace all missing teeth. So, that includes either the lower or upper jaw. They sit directly on the gum line to help give the appearance of a person’s natural teeth.
A full upper denture has a flesh-colored acrylic base covering the roof of your palate, or the roof of your mouth. A complete, full lower denture sits on the lower jaw and is horseshoe-shaped. For some, your dentist in Lincoln, NE says that lower dentures can feel a bit unstable and loose.
Immediate dentures are dispensed ‘immediately’ after you’ve had any damaged teeth removed or extracted. So, while the gums heal, your new immediate denture will be adjusted with tissue conditioning materials. Thus, improving stability, comfort, and fit in your mouth.
Immediate dentures do need relining regularly because your gums will change shape rapidly in the following months after extraction.
Implant-supported dentures from a Lincoln dentist are also referred to as implant overdentures. Implant-supported dentures are a solution for individuals that are missing all of their lower or upper teeth. A vast improvement from traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are directly attached to dental implants via an abutment. Thus, anchoring the overdenture directly in place.
Implant-supported dentures have more to offer than traditional dentures. Things implant-supported dentures offer are:
- Improved stability
- Increased bite retention
- Improved comfort with less cheek and gum irritation
- Restored ability to chew and bite food, ultimately allowing the consumption of a wider variety of foods. Ultimately improving dietary intake.
When you lose natural teeth, you also lose the tooth roots. Additionally, teeth roots do more than hold teeth in place. When chewing or biting food, your teeth roots stimulate the jawbone. Thus, helping keep the jaw bone strong. Without tooth roots, the jawbone will start to resorb. Unfortunately, when the bone withers away, your gum line will change shape. Consequently, our dentist in Lincoln, NE says over time, the fit of your denture will change.
To remedy this issue, you’ll have to come in regularly to have your dentures relined. During a reline, your dentures will be modified, so that they continue to fit securely against the gums.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Even with expertly-made, well-fitted dentures regularly relined, some people do not adapt well to wearing replacement teeth. Thus, they will require treatment in the form of dental implants. Problematic issues that are common with removable dentures include:
Because conventional denture wearers no longer have natural teeth, they no longer have their “original” teeth roots. As mentioned above, tooth roots help to stimulate the jawbone. Stimulating the jawbone helps keep it strong, preventing resorption. Therefore, those who wear removable dentures, long-term, usually have bone loss. Unfortunately, the result is a “sunken-in” appearance of the face.
Lack of support and retention
Because some dentures sit directly on the gum line and are not attached to an anchor, your dentist in Lincoln, NE does say that they can move around. Ultimately, this does not provide adequate stability or support. This instability tends to make everyday activities like eating, talking, coughing, and laughing more difficult.
Difficulty tasting food
Commonly, upper denture wearers may have difficulty tasting their food because conventional upper dentures have an acrylic plate, which covers the roof of the mouth. This plate tends to feel bulky, and also makes it more difficult to taste the food.
Discomfort or pain
Some denture wearers suffer gum irritation or sores in their cheeks from the constant movement of the dentures.
With dental implants and their superiority to conventional dentures in both functionality and comfort, conventional dentures are generally only considered in instances where dental implants aren’t suitable or as a cost-effective alternative.
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