Every set of dentures from SA family dentist is custom-made for a comfortable, natural-looking fit. Our dental team uses a direct mold of your teeth and gums to create a replica of your mouth, ensuring your dentures will be fabricated just for you. Modern design methods and materials mean that dentures could be the answer you’ve been looking for to transform weak or missing teeth into a full smile with full function. Contact our dental office today to schedule an exam and ask our dentist which types of restorative dental treatments are best for your health and smile.
Understanding the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures are a restorative dental option to give you back the ability to enjoy the foods you love and speak with comfort and confidence. Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to resemble your natural teeth and create a more desirable appearance. There are two types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures.
Not all dentures require a full new set of teeth. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from moving. Partial dentures attach to your existing teeth by covering and resting on the gums and bone in place of missing teeth.
For partial denture we need some of your natural teeth to support the denture. Our doctors can place a couple of implants to better hold the partial denture for added comfort and retention
While partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, full dentures are utilized when all the teeth need to be replaced. Among the types of full dentures to consider, there are two main categories: conventional or immediate.
A conventional full denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed.
Immediate dentures, as the name implies, are made in advance, so they are ready for use immediately after the teeth are removed, preventing you from living without teeth while waiting to heal. Once you’re used to chewing and talking with your dentures in, you should be able to eat normally. Harder foods or sticky foods may take more practice or need to be avoided completely, depending on your comfort level and your dentist’s recommendation. If you’re eating with partial dentures, using a small amount of adhesive can help hold them in place while you become accustomed to eating again. We highly recommend our patients to look at the options of implant supported dentures which has become the standard of care for replacing all missing teeth. Dentures are durable appliances and are made to last for many years, although sometimes they must be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.