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Difference Between Partial Dentures & Full Dentures

Dentures are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. The dental prosthetics features a set of artificial teeth, which are inserted on a base that is similar to the gum tissue found in your mouth. When worn, dentures help to restore your lost oral functionality, while at the same time, helping to improve your appearance. At Periodontal Associates, we offer two types of dentures - partial dentures & full dentures.

What are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are denture prosthetics that are used to replace your missing teeth when you still have some natural ones left in your mouth. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The dentures feature prosthetic dental crowns, which are can be custom created to appear just like your remaining natural teeth. These prosthetics are then held in a denture base made out of acrylic material, which has a flesh-like appearance. The overall design of the partial dentures, however, relies on your specific dental needs.

Partial dentures can be removable or fixed. Removable partial dentures can be removed for purposes of cleaning, or to ease the pressure on the gums (for example, when sleeping). However, to ensure that they stay in place - such as when eating - they come with metal clasps that attach to the adjacent teeth, thus providing the needed support. Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are permanently fixed in place using screws, mechanical attachments, or dental implants - a good example, the implant supported dentures.

Benefits of partial dentures

•  Partial dentures are a great tooth replacement solution, whether you have one or more missing teeth.
•  Partial dentures are less invasive and more affordable when you have multiple missing teeth (when compared to multiple tooth dental implants).
•  Partial dentures providing support to the adjacent natural teeth, thus preventing them from shifting. This can help to prevent several orthodontic problems.
•  In the case of implant-supported partial dentures, they can help to stimulate bone growth, thus preventing atrophy.

What are Full Dentures?

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are denture prosthetics that are used when all teeth are missing on the upper, lower, or both jawbones. The dentures feature a plastic or acrylic base that holds a full set of teeth. Both the teeth and the base are made to resemble your natural dental features. They can also be custom-made – designed and manufactured based on your natural teeth and jaw structure.

Full dentures, just like with partial dentures can either be removable or fixed. Removable dentures are held down on your gums using adhesives, thus allowing you to enjoy oral functions such as chewing, talking, laughing, etc. You can then remove them during the night or to clean them, and then reapply the adhesive when you need to wear them again.

Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are permanently cemented into the jawbone, usually using implants - implants supported dentures. The implants help to make the dentures more stable, thus restoring full oral functionality. It also makes them comfortable, convenient, and painless to wear.

Benefits of full dentures

•  They are an easy, fast, and affordable way of replacing your missing teeth.
•  They help to restore oral functionality, allowing you to enjoy things such as chewing food, talking, and laughing.
•  They restore your facial structure, thus improving your appearance and smile.
•  In the case of implant supported dentures, they help to prevent jawbone atrophy.

Whatever your specific dental needs are Periodontal Associates can help to meet them using a wide range of dental solutions. Call us today at (971) 317-8414 for any questions you might have about partial dentures & full dentures.
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