Both dentures and partial dentures can be useful tools to replace missing teeth. Here, we discuss the differences between partial and full dentures and how they can impact dental health.Southbridge Dentistry - Dentures - Old man putting teeth in

Partial Dentures

As the name implies, partial dentures are only for part of your smile. These dentures replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. If you’ve had several teeth pulled over the years or have damaged teeth, partial dentures can be a great way to restore your smile without needing too many extractions. Partial dentures are great for anyone with several healthy teeth who may need help with a few areas of their smile. 

Unlike full dentures, which take up an entire set of teeth (bottom or top or both), partial dentures require fewer extractions. They can be secured in your mouth as a bridge or in a removable option more commonly associated with dentures. Partial dentures can be made to match your existing teeth so they will look like natural teeth. While unsecured partial dentures may move around more than dental implants or other dental solutions, they can replace missing teeth without invasive surgery. Partial dentures can also be helpful if you are not a good candidate for dental implants. 

Full Dentures

You probably just pictured a cartoon set of teeth at the foot of someone’s bed, usually in a glass of water. Full dentures can replace one set of teeth (such as your lower teeth) or can replace a full mouth worth of teeth. The cup of water you see in cartoons has an important purpose. If dentures dry out, they’ll likely crack and warp out of shape. By storing dentures in water with special cleaning tablets, you prolong the life of the dentures.

Full dentures are a good fit for someone with few natural teeth remaining. These dentures can replace a whole set of teeth and look like natural teeth. While full dentures require the removal of all remaining teeth, they allow you to eat and talk like your natural teeth. There is an adjustment period to wearing dentures, and keeping them in place without specialized adhesives can be difficult. However, your dentures should not be overly loose or rub against your gums. If your dentures don’t fit, you should talk to your dentist, as it may be time to refit them. 

Full dentures are a good solution for anyone who has lost a lot of teeth and would like to restore some or all of their smile. Not only do they allow you to continue eating and speaking like you would normally, but the non-surgical style of most removable dentures makes it easier to get dentures than other more invasive dental treatments. While dentures may not be a good fit for everyone, they are a long-standing solution for dental loss. 

Contact Southbridge Dentistry at (303) 798-4967 if you want dentures or partial dentures. Our team would happily answer your questions and help you set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.