Your Denture Options
There are several denture options available if you have missing teeth and want to restore your smile. Dentures serve many functions in addition to replacing missing teeth. Dentures also improve speech, restore normal biting and chewing functions, and provide support for sagging facial muscles. A dentist can explain which denture options will work for you. At Three Fountains Family Dental, Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz are your dentists in West Columbia, SC, for dentures.
Types of Dentures
The two main types of dentures are partial and full. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain, while full dentures are needed when there are no natural teeth remaining. Full dentures are also referred to as complete dentures.
Types of partial dentures include transitional and removable. Transitional partial dentures are temporary and are typically used to fill in the gaps after having teeth extracted. Once your mouth heals from the extraction procedure, dental implants can be installed and the transitional partial dentures are no longer needed. Removable partial dentures are a long-term option for replacing missing teeth when dental implants or bridgework are not an option.
Types of full dentures include immediate and conventional. Like transitional partial dentures, immediate full dentures are temporary and are often used while the gums heal following extraction of the last remaining natural teeth. Once the gums heal, you can be fit for conventional dentures, which are worn long-term. Conventional full dentures are custom made to conform to your mouth for the best fit possible.
An additional type of denture is an implant-supported overdenture, which can be used whether you have some natural teeth remaining or none. Implant-supported overdentures are removable and fit over a few dental implants for a secure hold. The implants provide added support and stability so the dentures remain securely in place. Your dentist for dentures in West Columbia can recommend the appropriate type of dentures for your needs.
You have several denture options to choose from and your dentist can recommend the best type for your needs. For dentures in West Columbia, SC, schedule an appointment with Drs. Brooke and Peter Stoltz by calling Three Fountains Family Dental at (803) 755-0039.