Though many advances have been made in the field of dentistry, loss of teeth
is still an ongoing problem In the United States, 26% of adults between the ages
of sixty-five and seventy-five have lost all of their teeth. Currently, there
are a number of options available for people who have lost their teeth. One of
the most versatile and affordable is a set of removable dentures.
Standard Full Dentures
Standard full dentures are ones that comprise a full set of upper and lower
teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place. They are made of a
pliable material which makes suction easy. However, it is for this reason that
standard full dentures require routine visits to the dentist. Being pliable, the
dentures are susceptible to shrinkage, thus creating an ill-fitting prosthetic
that will result in the atrophy of the jawbone.
Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a limited number of teeth,
and not an entire set. Partial dentures are a single piece fitting that is
supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They are much more secure than
standard full dentures, and are more comfortable.
Cosmetic Dentures, as you can imagine, are made to look as natural as
possible. Unlike standard dentures that use a heat curing process which leads to
dentures that become ill-fitting over time, cosmetic dentures are made from a
special acrylic base that eliminates the possibility of the denture shrinking
Furthermore, some cosmetic dentures achieve a natural appearance through the
use of implants. Implants are installed in the mouth so that the dentures have
something to hold onto. The cosmetic denture will either rest on or snap onto
the implant. What this does is allow the denture to stay in place without the
chance of it moving around, which makes the denture more comfortable than a
The loss of teeth and some of the expensive treatment options available need
not prevent you from continuing to lead a healthy and happy life. Removable
dentures are a suitable course of treatment for many people. You deserve to give
yourself the best treatment possible. If you live in or around Alpena and need a
consultation for dentures, give your Alpena Dentist a call today.