Partial and Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures are two types of dental prosthetics that can be used to replace missing teeth. Both types of dentures have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the best option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.
Partial dentures are used when you have some natural teeth remaining. They are typically made of a metal framework with plastic or acrylic teeth attached. The metal framework is held in place by clasps that fit around your existing teeth.
Partial dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can also be used to support bridges or other dental prosthetics.
Advantages of partial dentures:
- More affordable than full dentures
- Easier to adjust to than full dentures
- Can help to preserve your remaining natural teeth
- Can help to improve your speech and chewing ability
Disadvantages of partial dentures:
- Can be visible when you smile or talk
- May require more frequent adjustments than full dentures
- May be uncomfortable for some people
Full dentures are used when you have lost all of your natural teeth. They are made of acrylic or plastic and cover the entire gum ridge.
Full dentures can be either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after your teeth have been extracted and your gums have had time to heal. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth have been extracted.
Advantages of full dentures:
- Can restore your smile and facial appearance
- Can improve your speech and chewing ability
- Are relatively affordable
Disadvantages of full dentures:
- Can be difficult to adjust to at first
- May require frequent adjustments
- May slip or move around in your mouth
- Can cause bone loss in the jaw
Which type of denture is right for me?
The best way to decide which type of denture is right for you is to talk to your dentist. They will assess your individual needs and preferences and help you to choose the best option for you.
If you have some natural teeth remaining, partial dentures may be a good option for you. Partial dentures are easier to adjust to than full dentures and can help to preserve your remaining natural teeth.
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, full dentures may be the best option for you. Full dentures can restore your smile and facial appearance and improve your speech and chewing ability.
Caring for your dentures
Regardless of which type of denture you have, it is important to take good care of them. This will help to prolong their lifespan and ensure that they fit comfortably and securely.
Here are some tips for caring for your dentures:
- Brush your dentures at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and denture toothpaste.
- Soak your dentures in a denture cleanser overnight.
- Remove your dentures before going to bed.
- Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and adjustments.
If you have any questions or concerns about your dentures, be sure to talk to us.