Full & Partial Dentures Frederick, MD
Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain.
When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option.
A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.
It is important to note that life with an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations, and even your self-esteem.
Reasons for a Full Denture
|•||All Teeth missing in the same arch
|•||Restore chewing ability
|•||Restore a natural looking smile
|•||Economical alternative to other procedures|
An upper full denture will almost always feel better than a lower full denture. In order to dramatically improve the fit of a lower full denture, we frequently suggest using dental implants as a retentive mechanism. Implants placed in the lower jaw can help anchor the denture and significantly improve comfort. Sometimes, the implants can even be placed in the jaw after a denture has been in use for several years.
Partial DenturesWhen you have one or more missing teeth, then you need to figure out a way to replace those teeth so your mouth functions as it was meant to. You have many different options to replace those missing teeth, but some of them are better options than others. If you leave a gap where a tooth used to be, it can cause your teeth to shift around, which can lead to pain, plus it can cause issues with your jaw because without stimulation, your jaw will begin to deteriorate.
What to Know About Getting Partial DenturesPartial dentures are used when you have some natural teeth and some missing teeth in the same arch (top arch of teeth or bottom arch of teeth). The partial denture is designed to work with the teeth you have left to hold it in place. Having a partial denture allows you to have a single appliance in your mouth with all of the missing teeth covered and connected instead of requiring multiple bridges or appliances to sit in the mouth at the same time. When you have no natural teeth left in an arch, then you require a full set of dentures on that arch.
Partial dentures are more comfortable for most recipients than a full set of dentures because they use the stability of the remaining teeth to hold it in place. They allow you to restore your mouth to full functionality when it comes to eating foods that you enjoy and chewing those foods properly. You will need to have strong, healthy teeth to anchor the partial denture to, and most of them can be designed to accommodate additional tooth loss in the future, should you experience this. The one downside most people have an issue with when it comes to partial dentures is the clasp that holds it in place. It is often metal, and aside from a few cases, is usually able to be seen when you are wearing your dentures.
The Process of Getting Partial DenturesWhen you go through to get partial dentures, you are going to need to start out with a mold being made of your mouth. This will allow us to be able to be able to design the dentures that you will need and set them up so they can be an exact fit for inside your mouth. The design for your partial denture is then sent out to be crafted with false teeth that look very similar to what your natural teeth looked like, which can take a few weeks. The partial is then sent back to us and we schedule an appointment for you to come in for a fitting.
We will place the denture in your mouth and make minor adjustments to the denture so that it fits in your mouth properly without any pressure or pinching. If everything fits properly, you will leave with your partial already in place and be able to start using it immediately. Should there be any issue with your partial, we will send it back to the lab for adjustments and repeat the process when it comes back to our office.
Caring for Your Partial DentureYou will have to remove your partial denture for cleaning each night because bacteria will continue to grow in your mouth if you don’t. That could cause issues in your mouth and could cause decay in the teeth that sit up against your partial. You should brush the partial with a toothbrush and allow it to sit in a denture solution overnight, returning it to your mouth the next morning. This also allows your gums to have a break as well, which helps to keep them healthy.
Come in and see us at Colliver and we can help do an examination to see if you are an ideal candidate for partial dentures. Schedule a consultation now, and we can get the process started so you can smile and eat like normal in no time!