There are two main types of dentures:
- partial dentures, used when some natural teeth still remain, and
- full dentures, necessary when a patient’s teeth are all gone.
Generally, dentures in Sydney are be made out of plastic material or metal. Plastic dentures are less expensive to make but may not be as comfortable as metal dentures, which are lighter to wear, stronger and usually fit better.
Whilst dentures provide a more affordable alternative to dental implants, there are some disadvantages:
- They are removable and can therefore get lost or be misplaced.
- The wearer needs to get used to having a foreign object in the mouth.
- Dentures must be removed and cleaned frequently to avoid disease.
- Dentures can often trap food which increases the risk of decay and gum disease of the remaining natural teeth.
- They don’t last forever – you will need new plastic dentures every 5 to 7 years. Metal dentures have a longer lifespan.
- Dentures may cause dry mouth.
- A higher incidence of yeast infections at the corners of the wearer’s mouth and inside the mouth.
- An upper jaw full denture can significantly reduce the wearer’s sense of taste.
Temporary dentures may be used whilst healing takes place after one or many teeth have been removed, especially for aesthetic reasons. The patient can then decide which treatment option they will pursue to “fill” the missing teeth.
A dentist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having dentures and which type is best for you, and that will depend on the condition of your gums and remaining teeth.