Depending on your dental arrangement, you could need one of a number of different types of dentures. For those whose mouths are missing teeth both across the top and the bottom, complete full upper and lower dentures might be necessary.
Note that you don’t need to be missing all your teeth for these dentures to be the right choice. However, people who are missing a large amount are generally better off by having a complete denture done.
For the most part, there are two options available to those who want complete full upper and lower dentures. The first one is the traditional option where a mold will be taken and dentures made. You will then be responsible for adhering them to your gums during the day and taking them out at night to clean. This is typically referred to as a removable complete denture.
The major advantage of this choice is that it is far more affordable than the alternative we’re about to explain. However, it can also limit your ability to speak, cause some discomfort and sore gums, affect the way you’re able to taste food and move around some when you yawn, smile, eat or cough.
As such, many people opt to have their complete full upper and lower dentures implanted. This is a far more expensive procedure that will take time to handle correctly. It will begin with an initial diagnosis and inspection of your mouth. You can expect to make more than one visit to your doctor before the actual treatment begins. However, the finished product will ensure a better look without the above listed issues.
Usually, this process involves multiple implants being inserted across the jawbone. This forms what is known as a fixed bridge. It’s essential that this first step is done perfectly, as it will determine how well your dentist is able to fabricate and set your new teeth. That being said, the number of actual teeth you will receive will depend on a number of factors. However, you will be aware of the end result long before it is attached to your jawbone.
In either scenario, any teeth you have remaining in your mouth may need to be removed if they stand in the way of your treatment. This will be something your dentist will decide, though, and there are a number of options to help you transition from your natural teeth to the professional ones that will be taking over.