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Full and Partial Dentures

dentures in waterAs your trusted restorative dentist, we know tooth loss is nothing unusual. In fact, estimates say that most people will be missing at least one pearly white once they reach the age of 35. Finding an effective replacement is of the utmost importance -- especially in the case of substantial tooth loss. And fortunately, full and partial dentures can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. Keep reading to learn more about how!

Full and Partial Dentures: What’s the Difference?

A full or complete denture replaces an entire row of teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws. It is recommended when all the teeth have been lost or cannot be salvaged. A complete denture is held in place with natural suction and with the help of a denture adhesive as needed for additional security.

Just like the name suggests, a partial denture takes the place of several missing teeth when some healthy ones still remain in the gum line. It can be fixed or removable. Removable partials fit in with your remaining teeth like a missing puzzle piece, held in place with sturdy brackets affixed to the surrounding crowns.

How to Care for Dentures

With proper maintenance, your denture should function properly for five to seven years before replacement is required. This occurs due to natural wear and tear and changes in the jawbone that occur over time due to tooth loss. Taking excellent care of your denture will ensure that your prosthetic lasts for as long as possible.

Some denture maintenance tips for a removable, traditional denture include:

Implant-Supported Dentures

While traditional dentures can do a wonderful job replacing missing teeth, patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider this option. Dental implant posts provide a sturdier foundation for the prosthetic while also promoting better oral and overall health. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, while dental implants offer a replacement tooth root for the maximum in stability.

Candidates for dental implants are patients whose tooth loss is recent and who are in good oral and overall health. Discuss your candidacy for dental implants with the team at Brookwood Dental!

Learn More About Dentures Today

If you are interested in learning more about your options in tooth replacement, including full or partial dentures and/or dental implants, we invite you to request an appointment with the Brookwood Dental Associates today. We can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete smile once again!

Dentures FAQs

If it’s your first time learning about dentures or other prosthetics, you likely have many questions. At Brookwood Dental Associates, we care about educating our patients as much as possible and making sure they can make an informed decision on their treatments. This is no different when it comes to full, partial, or implant-retained dentures. To see what other patients have asked us regarding dentures, please take a look at our detailed FAQ below!

Why can’t I sleep in my denture?

While you may wear your denture at night, we advise against sleeping in them for a few different reasons. For one, your gums and jaw bone need time to relax from the pressure the denture applies throughout the day. If you do need to wear your denture for longer than you anticipated or to prevent your jaws from over closing, make sure to find a place to clean them and practice brushing of your mouth and denture. There is no reason why you should be wearing your denture for more than 24 hours without performing necessary oral hygiene.

Can I eat normally with my denture?

When you receive your denture for the first time, you may need to learn how to accommodate them as your mouth gets used to holding it in place. After enough time though, you should be able to eat most foods. Keep in mind that harder or more sticky foods may take time to get used to. To stabilize your denture, you can apply three to four pea-sized dots of denture adhesive to each arch, but no more. Additionally, we strongly advise against chewing gum of any kind, even with denture adhesive.

When do I need to have my denture relined?

If your denture does not fit as comfortably as it did once you adjusted to them, you may have to complete a reline at our office. Contact us and we will perform a detailed evaluation of your mouth and your current denture. We advise against using an over-the-counter reline kit as it could result in you damaging your denture permanently. When you have a reline done by a professional, you can ensure a more comfortable fit without having to replace the denture entirely.

Can I have my implant-retained dentures placed the same day as my tooth extraction?

Yes! This treatment is referred to as All-on-4 and is typically done for patients who have relied on a partial denture for many years already. Once your remaining teeth are extracted, we can place a series of dental implants throughout your jaw and then an implant-retained denture after. This provides greater stability for your restoration and reduces the risk of it slipping out of place while in use.

Will my denture look natural?

Our office makes sure to utilize the most natural-looking materials possible when designing your denture. Whether it’s the acrylics to create your gum-colored base or the ceramics used to craft the crowns that fit into the denture, your face and current oral structures are always accounted for during the design and fabrication process.

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