No one ever wants to deal with the reality of losing their teeth. However, as time goes on, it’s bound to happen to a lot of us. For many of us, it happens a lot sooner than we’d expect. In any case, it’s only natural that you’d want to address this problem as soon as possible. Fortunately, you have a number of options to choose from with today’s modern dentures. Before you pick one, you should always consult with an orthodontist in Southampton you trust and who has had the opportunity to examine your mouth. However, the following should give you some ideas of what are available.
Many people don’t need a whole mouth of brand new teeth. Their smile may simply be suffering because two or three teeth have gone missing or need to be removed. In that case, partial dentures make a lot of sense. With existing teeth still in the mouth, their strength can actually be leveraged to help support the dentures being used. Of course, once you start wearing partial dentures, they’ll keep your remaining teeth from shifting around in your mouth too.
A Fixed Bridge
Another kind of denture is called a fixed bridge. This version utilizes crowns installed on top of your teeth located on both sides of the gap. The denture basically attaches to these two crowns, keeping the fake tooth in the middle of them. Fixed bridges can be used to replace multiple teeth at once as well.
If all your teeth are missing, though, you probably want to go with complete dentures. These are the kind that most of us think of when we hear the word “dentures.” However, this type of denture also comes in two different forms you should know about.
The first one is called immediate dentures. These are the ones you’d get installed right after having teeth removed. Obviously, you don’t want to walk around with teeth missing if at all possible, so you’d want immediate dentures to take over.
Generally, though, you’re only wearing immediate dentures until you can get the permanent versions. So you might have to wear immediate dentures for two or three months until your conventional ones will be ready. However, this is also because you need to give your gums and gums time to heal. Jaws must shrink into place, so even the immediate models will have to be adjusted during those couple of months.
Fixed Implant Dentures
These are truly permanent versions of dentures because they rely on titanium posts to anchor them into your jaw. The post goes in first and then your dentures are screwed into them. Amongst other things, one of the major benefits of fixed implant dentures is that they give the wearer much more power for biting down. They won’t remotely shift from the pressure applied to them. That being said, if you ever need to remove them for some reason, fixed implant dentures will have to be taken out by dentists.
Miniature Titanium Implants
On the other hand, miniature titanium implants rely on a mechanism that snaps the denture into place. So like fixed implant dentures, you’ll get four small rods drilled into the jaw, spaced roughly five millimeters apart. At the top of each is a metal housing that attaches to the bottom of the dentures.
The nice thing about this model is that you can remove them as necessary, making them simple to clean thoroughly before putting them back into place, where they won’t budge.
While there are a number of other types of dentures to choose from, these are by far the most popular models out there right now.