If you know you need dentures and you've explored the possibility of implants, but you're not ready to commit to the surgical option, then removable dentures may be a good place to start.
Removable dentures can serve the need for a few teeth or a complete set. Depending on your personal needs, there a few options in removable dentures available. Standard removable dentures have been the type most often used, whether it's a partial or full plate. Picture those teeth floating in a glass and you have the general idea. Cu-Sil dentures are a variation on the standard denture. The Cu-Sil denture leaves slots for remaining natural teeth to poke through, adding stability.
Removable dentures are also available in a variety of materials. The type of material used for denture construction varies in comfort and price. The standard acrylic base can provide a great fit when properly manufactured, leading to a decent level of comfort and stability. Flexible type denture bases made with a layer of flexible resin coating on an acrylic base can move comfort and stability up to the next level. Soft type denture bases are made totally from the flexible resin, without the acrylic base material. This type of removable denture offers the most comfort.
Removable dentures are less expensive than permanent dentures, especially denture implants, but they do have some possible drawbacks to consider. Remember the old adage, "You get what you pay for".
Removable dentures of any type may give you the opportunity to take the denture out and give your gum tissue a rest, but why would your gums need a rest? Perhaps because that removable denture has also been doing some moving around on your dental ridge causing sore spots.
Removable dentures need to be adjusted or replaced periodically. Once natural teeth have been removed from the dental ridge, your bone begins to shrink in a process called resorption. Without the pressure of the natural roots, your bone doesn't receive the necessary pressure stimulation required for continued bone production. The fit of the removable denture is affected by the receding bone, lessening the denture's grip and stability, and causing the need for further fitting and readjustments. Eventually, bone loss may make it impossible to hold removable dentures in place.
Remember, you can always rely on your denture professional to give you all the facts and help you select a removable denture that is right for you.