A denture is a removable (most often) prosthetic device that is used to replace 1 or more missing teeth. A denture can be complete or partial. A partial denture is used when only some of the teeth are missing and a complete denture is used when all the teeth are missing. On this page, Dr. Lyuda goes through the different types of dentures available and when they are used
Different Types of Dentures
Dr. Lyuda discusses and shows the different types of dentures that are available ranging from different types of partial dentures to implant supported complete overdentures (either fixed or removable). There are different pros and cons of each and during a consultation, we discuss what type of denture is best for your situation
Dr. Lyuda: Hi. My name is Dr. Lyuda, and let’s talk about dentures today. One thing that I feel people are uncomfortable about going through dentures is if they have to have all of their teeth out, is that period where they have to be without teeth for a long time, because it does take about maybe a month and a half to start and complete the denture process.
Well, good thing is that we can provide you with an immediate denture. What that means is we do have to take out your back teeth, but we can leave all of your front teeth that do show, so that you’re not feeling embarrassed, you can still smile during the time period, and we take those teeth out on the day that we deliver dentures to you. That process is going to go pretty smoothly and you don’t have to spend a day without your front teeth at all.
Some of the other options that we have available are partial dentures. That’s if you have some teeth that are not missing and some teeth that are missing, we can provide partial dentures just to replace those missing teeth. There are different types of materials that we can use and there are pros and cons to each that we can discuss during the consultation appointment with you. Some of those dentures are made of a metal frame and some of them are metal-free, and we can discuss the pros and cons at that appointment for both.
Other dentures available are over dentures, which are dentures on the implants. There are different types as well, whether they’re just snap on the implants themselves, whether they’re snap on a bar, or hybrid dentures, which are screwed inside into your implants and you are not able them off, and they’re only removed during cleanings at your six months recall visits.
Dentures Case Study
In this video, Dr. Lyuda discusses the case of a woman in her 70s that had lost all her teeth and needed a complete denture to replace all her missing teeth.
Speaker 1: We use a local lab here in Chicago, because we do care both in function and aesthetics of the dentures that we provide for our patients. So this particularly case that we’re talking about, it’s a woman in her seventies, and she’s missing all of her dentition, which means both of her upper and lower teeth. And when we do lose teeth, in time we also lose the bone both on the top and the bottom, which decreases the amount of space that we have from your chin to your nose, which is called vertical dimension, and it makes us look very, very old. Dentures are able to restore that dimension back, and give you youth back of many, many years.