George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made of animal teeth, mostly from hippos. Even so, today’s products are much better. They’re made of high-impact acrylic, designed to look just like real teeth, and have metal wires for reinforcement. This allows you to use them like real teeth and no one will be able to tell the difference! However, some things have remained the same. Specifically, the types of dentures from which you can choose.
The Full Set
Sometimes the only way to maintain your health is to get dentures. Most people have seen a full set of dentures. In fact, most people think the one-piece that can be removed entirely is the only type of denture set available. Some people refer to a full set as a “full plate”. It consists of a mouthpiece made of acrylic that fits over your gums. In order to use a full set, every natural tooth must be removed. Full sets of dentures also have to be removed every night.
Proper fit is perhaps the most important aspect of full sets of dentures. A full set of dentures has to be securely fastened to the gums, otherwise, they won’t stay put during normal use. However, they must also be flexible so as not to cause injury. This is why it can often take multiple visits to properly fit a set of dentures.
Partial sets are almost as common as full sets. They come in a large variety of configurations. When there are only one or two teeth that must be fixed, partial dentures are used. Some partial sets are built in order to accommodate the original teeth. They’re also easier to fit since they aren’t designed to cover a large space. The natural teeth can add extra support, making partial sets function even better. They’re less reliant on suction since the existing teeth can provide a natural clip. They’re removable, that way they can be cleaned the same way as a full set.
Newer Denture Options
The latest in denture technology involve implants and immediate dentures. These procedures set false teeth into the gum tissue directly. While they do offer much better stability and can be implanted almost immediately, there is often shifting and moving as the gums heal. This means you may have to visit the dentist multiple times.
Quality of Materials Is Important
Different types of dentures cost different amounts, which most people presume. The quality of materials can be a huge factor. Better quality means higher prices. However, upfront costs shouldn’t be the most important factor. Lower quality materials break down more easily. This requires extra dental work, which means your “cheap” dentures will wind up costing far more than the sticker price. If you can afford it, pay a bit more upfront.
Paying more upfront may seem like a terrible idea, but just consider how much it will cost to get constant repair work performed. Consider how much time and energy you’ll have to use in order to go to the dentist. Most people don’t want to deal with that.