Benefits of Dentures
For many decades, dentures had been the only suitable option for replacement of multiple missing teeth. Nowadays, dental implants and bridges provide us with other fixed solutions for teeth replacement. However, dentures may still be an appropriate option for you.
Dentures are still commonly used for replacing missing teeth and their benefits include:
- Low cost
- Easy to clean
- Can usually be modified and added to easily
- Easily repaired
If you require all of your teeth to be replaced, full dentures can be a viable option. They offer a quick replacement of a full arch of teeth and can be a permanent or temporary solution. Full dentures are made of acrylic. Upper dentures rely on suction for stability while lower dentures rely on your cheeks, tongue and lips for support.
Partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth in the arch. They rely on the support of remaining teeth for stability. The teeth are acrylic and supported by either an acrylic base or cobalt chrome metal framework.
An acrylic base is thicker than cobalt chrome but is more affordable whilst a cobalt chrome base has a more accurate fit and better quality clasps but will cost you more. Your dentist is the best person to advise which type of partial denture is best for you.
Drawbacks of Full and Partial Dentures
While dentures offer a suitable alternative to dental implants in some instances, they do also have their negative aspects. Some of the drawbacks to dentures are:
- They are not as stable as fixed replacement options
- They can be bulky
- They offer less chewing ability compared to natural teeth and fixed replacement options
- Sometimes the clasps that hold the denture in are visible
- They can lead to deterioration of supporting teeth
If you would like a more stable and reliable alternative to replacing missing teeth, see our Dental Implant service.