With so many dentures to choose from, it’s easy to get confused about what’s right for you. But if you know where to start and what to look for, you’ll find choosing dentures to be simpler and more straightforward than you may have thought. Here’s how to do it:
1. Know the Different Types of Dentures
Many know that dentures come in different styles and materials, but not many are aware of the main types of dentures and their differences.
- Full Dentures – These dentures are designed for replacing all missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw (or both).
- Partial Dentures – These dentures are for replacing one or more missing teeth, whether in the upper or lower jaw (or sometimes both). Unlike full dentures, partial dentures do not replace an entire row of teeth and instead just replace the missing ones.
- Implant Retained Dentures – Also known as dental implants, these dentures feature teeth replacements that are secured on top of dental implants, which are installed directly on your gums.
- Immediate Dentures – These temporary dentures are used to replace missing teeth that have been recently extracted. They’re designed to be short-term replacements to prevent you from going out with missing teeth while you wait for your new dentures to be made.
From here, you’ll find other variations of these dentures, with the differences lying mostly in their materials and how they’re made.
2. Understand Your Needs and Preference
Once you’re familiar with the different types of dentures, you’ll get a better idea of what’s right for you.
To do this, you’ll need to evaluate your needs and preferences. Start with your needs.
- How many teeth need to be replaced?
- Are you allergic to any materials?
- How soon do you need your new dentures?
- Do you have any oral and dental issues that can affect your choice?
After considering your needs, you can then narrow down your choices further based on your preferences. What denture materials do you prefer? How much maintenance are you willing to do for your dentures? Do you prefer removable dentures or fixed dentures?
By considering both your needs and wants, you’re better equipped to determine the right option for you.
3. Consult a Denture Professional
Having an idea of what dentures you need is great – but it’s not enough.
If you want to get the perfect set of dentures, you need to consult an expert denture professional to make sure your choice is the right one for you.
A denture professional can examine your teeth and gums to get a better idea of exactly what dentures would work best for you. They’ll also consider your lifestyle and budget to align your choices with your preferences.
Lastly, denture professionals can help you explore variations of your preferred dentures and even provide alternatives if necessary.
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