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If you’ve lost all or some of your natural teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. There are various types of dentures.

A partial denture can replace groups of teeth or a few teeth scattered across the lower or upper jaw. All partial dentures attach to remaining teeth and have a gum-colored portion meant to blend in with the existing gum. They also have prosthetic teeth to replace the missing teeth.

Traditional dentures have metal hooks. Santa Teresa Dental offers Valplast dentures. This type of denture uses hooks that are colored to match the gums, thus hiding them. They are also a lighter weight denture making them more comfortable to wear.

Full dentures are similar to partial dentures in that they are prosthetic teeth and gums used to replace missing teeth.

The main difference between full and partial dentures is that full dentures are a total replacement system for either upper or lower teeth and, in some cases, both.

Overdentures are a newer alternative to dentures, combining traditional denture technology with modern advancements in dental implants.

By establishing two implanted attachments to the lower jaw, an overdenture is able to sit securely in place to instantly increase retention, stability, and comfort. This is especially important in lower-jaw full-denture situations where traditional dentures tend to have less adhesion due to a limited foundation and the tongue muscle dislodging the prosthetic teeth.

Another benefit of overdentures compared to traditional dentures is the limited amount of bone loss where the implants are placed, which helps to preserve the jawbone and facial structure.

Overall, when considering full dentures for the lower jaw, an implant-supported overdenture provides the most successful, satisfying, cost-effective, and longest-lasting treatment option.