Considering Which Type of Dentures Are Right for You

Considering Which Type of Dentures Are Right for You

If you had to guess how many Americans wear dentures, what number would you say? 5 million? 10 million? 

According to a 2020 survey, nearly 41 million Americans wear dentures. When you take that as a share of the total United States population, about 12% of people in the US are making their smile complete with dentures. 

That high number comes from the number of Americans missing one or more teeth. About 120 million people in the United States are missing teeth, and the American College of Prosthodontics estimates that about 15% of that population gets dentures made every year. So if you’re considering dentures, you’re definitely not alone. But what kind of dentures are right for you? 

Are you thinking about using dentures to get the smile you want? If so, visit our team at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art and comprehensive dental care for your whole family. In this blog, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, discuss denture basics, the benefits of dentures, and the types of dentures available. 

What are dentures? 

Dentures are replacements for your teeth that can be taken out and put back in as needed. The basic structure of dentures is a gum-colored acrylic or metal base topped with either porcelain or resin replacement teeth. 

Porcelain teeth typically last longer and are more stain-resistant than resin teeth. They're also more expensive. 

Although resin teeth wear faster, they’re less likely to crack or chip. Both options are realistic, and nobody can tell you are wearing them.

Benefits of dentures

Dentures do more than just offer you a good smile. When you lose several teeth, your facial muscles lose some of their structure, and your skin may sag and make your look older. Dentures give these muscles more support and fill out your appearance. Additionally, dentures make it easier to chew and speak. You’ll have more options at dinner and will find it easier to pronounce certain words and syllables. 

Types of dentures

Complete

Complete dentures replace a full row or arch of teeth. These dentures use a combination of suction and dental adhesive to stay in place. A set of complete dentures should last anywhere from 5-10 years with proper care and maintenance. 

Partial 

Partial dentures are a good option for people who are missing a few teeth but still have plenty of teeth remaining. These dentures replace a few teeth in a row and are anchored to the natural teeth on either side by clips. They are removable and will blend right in with your regular teeth. 

Implant support dentures

These dentures are supported by implants surgically placed into your jawbone. The implants provide the most structure and don’t need any sort of adhesive to stay in place. Most of these dentures don’t require bone grafting for successful treatment.

To learn more about dentures and the kind that suits you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Willow Glen Dental Care today.

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