Dentures are regarded as a customizable and removable replacement option, mimicking natural teeth. Today's denture options are nearly limitless and no longer viewed as the ‘grandmothers’ solution.
FULL VS. PARTIAL DENTURES AT OUR AMHERSTBURG DENTAL OFFICE
Dentures are custom-made and unique to each person’s mouth. Depending on how many teeth have lost, will determine what type of denture is most suited to the situation. For someone who is missing most or all their, a full denture may be the right solution. However, if the patient is missing only a few teeth, then a partial denture may be the ideal solution.
The base of a full denture consists of a gum colored plastic or acrylic that rests on the gums and is perfectly molded to fit snugly and comfortably. The teeth that are used for chewing and smiling are then built up on top of this base. Typically, an upper denture covers the palate (roof of the mouth) and the upper jaw bony ridge. Because there needs to be sufficient space for the tongue, the lower denture is smaller and horseshoe-shaped covering just the bottom jaw bony ridge.
If a patient has some sufficiently strong natural teeth remaining, a partial denture can be a useful solution. While typically smaller in size, a partial denture is similar to either the upper or lower full denture. The difference is that the partial dentures use either metal or plastic clips to hold on to the remaining teeth. This provides the benefit of retention, helping to keep the partial dentures in place.
While it is certainly true that dentures take some time to get used to and will never feel the same as your natural teeth, the dentures made today are far more natural-looking and are much more comfortable than those made even a decade ago. Today's dentures are often combined with dental implants providing unmatched retention, support, and comfort.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.