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Removable vs. Fixed Dentures

Dealing with tooth loss can be difficult. Fortunately, dentures are a time-tested cosmetic dentistry solution for replacing lost teeth, and there are many options available at Canal View Dental Surgery that can be tailored to your individual need.

While there are many subtypes of dentures; in general, dentures come in two main varieties—removable and fixed/dental implant. Continue reading below to learn the difference!

Removable Dentures

Removable dentures are made of a gum-colored base and prosthetic teeth, which fit over the remaining bone ridge that formerly held your natural teeth. They are two main types of removable denture: partial and full.

Partial Dentures

If you’re missing just a few teeth on either side of your jaw, you will want partial dentures. Some partial dentures are transitional and they serve as a temporary replacement for teeth following an extraction, or if you are preparing for dental implants. Once you’re ready to move on to something more permanent, you will be fitted for dentures that are customized to your mouth. These are well-constructed and metal-based, and you’ll be able to use them for quite a while.

Full Dentures

If you’ve lost your full set of teeth then full dentures are the way to go. Full dentures can look and function just like your natural teeth. Here the upper denture is like a plate that covers the roof of your mouth. Meanwhile a set of lower dentures is horseshoe-shaped and rests on your gums. Down the line, your dentures can be crafted to accurately look and feel like your full set of natural teeth. These dentures are last a long time, too.

Fixed Dentures / Dental Implant Dentures

While removable dentures are a great functional and economic solution, fixed dentures (dental implants dentures) can be a great tooth replacement option, acting as the better long-term investment. Dental implant dentures look, and perhaps more importantly work and feel like your natural teeth. Along with providing support for your lips and cheeks, dental implant dentures should last a lifetime and help with bone health. In contrast, removable dentures may be prone to slippage and may also require replacement or refinement in the future.

Get Fitted

Dentures can help you regain your ability to speak, eat, and smile normally. You can rest assured that the dentists of Canal View Dental Surgery will assist you in finding the perfect fit. Contact us at our Dublin, Ireland office to schedule an appointment for a consultation today!

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