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Partial Vs. Full Dentures

Smile More with Dentures in Washington

Is your smile missing a few teeth, or maybe even a complete row of teeth? If you answered yes to that question, then we don’t need to tell you about the challenges tooth loss presents. You already know that just one missing tooth can make eating certain foods difficult, like fresh fruits and vegetables or lean meats. Some people actually have insufficient diets because of missing teeth.

Of course, there is also the matter of not having a full smile. For some, the embarrassment can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a convenient and affordable solution. With dentures—both full and partial—the dentist near me can rebuild the attractive smile you had before tooth loss.

Partial Dentures

If you are missing one tooth or several teeth along one arch, then a partial denture may be your best bet. A removable partial consists of a false tooth or teeth attached to a metal framework. Clips or brackets are incorporated to hook on to adjacent teeth so your partial is inconspicuously held in place.

When a partial is designed to replace several teeth, the device fits like a puzzle piece between remaining teeth. In some cases, dental crowns are mounted on natural teeth to firmly support the partial.

Full Dentures

If all of your teeth along one or both arches are missing, then consider full dentures. Many of our patients find these to be an optimal choice both in terms of how they look and how affordable they are. Your dentures will fit securely along your gums, but not so tight that they’re irritating. The base is shaded to match the natural color of gum tissue, and false teeth (also called pontics) have the shape and shine of natural teeth.

You and Dr. Mace will decide if conventional or immediate dentures are right for you. Conventional dentures are placed a few months after remaining teeth are removed and your gums have healed. Immediate dentures, as the name implies, are placed right after remaining teeth are extracted so you aren’t without teeth. However, these dentures will need to be relined to match the changing shape of your jaw as it heals.

Caring for Dentures

When you have removable partial or full dentures, oral hygiene is just as important as when you had your own natural teeth. If possible, rinse dentures after every meal. This removes particles food that can become trapped between dentures and sensitive gum tissue.

You’ll need to clean your dentures thoroughly every night with a brush that has soft bristles and non-abrasive toothpaste. Be sure to brush your gums and tongue, too. Don’t sleep with dentures in your mouth. Instead, soak them in water or a denture cleaning solution.