The choices for artificial tooth solutions are wide and varied. Some are permanent while others are removable. Some are invasive and costly, and others are noninvasive and reasonably priced. One of the most widely used solutions are dentures. They are inexpensive and can be placed directly on pre-existing supportive tissue in the patient's mouth.
What are the Different Types of Dentures?
For those patients who have only lost a few teeth, a partial denture can be the appropriate solution. In the cases where the patient has lost a large number of teeth, full dentures might be the better option.
For partial dentures, sometimes called bridges, they are secured by metal clips to attach to the teeth on either side of the vacant socket. It should be noted that while these are less expensive than dental implant-supported dentures, they can cause the teeth used as anchors to erode more quickly due to the added stress placed upon them to support the bridge.
Full traditional dentures are secured to the gum tissue using an adhesive. While this can be bothersome to apply throughout the day to ensure the dentures stay in place there is another option. Dental implants can be embedded in the bone, allowing for a strong anchor point for the dentures to be affixed to. Those dentures with an underlying metal framework tend to last longer than those without.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
As with anything, how long something lasts is usually indicative of how well it is taken care of. With proper care and cleaning, dentures can last quite a time and we can help you with that at every visit you have with us. It is important patients also take into consideration what they eat and drink. Due to dentures being more porous than tooth enamel they can stain more easily. The American Dental Association recommends replacing dentures every five to seven years.
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