Partials and Full Dentures FAQS

Partials and Full Dentures FAQS

Apr 01, 2020

Missing teeth not only affect your appearance, ability to speak or eat but will also impair the remaining teeth. Not only that, but according to research, missing teeth can cause bone loss, which further causes the bone to deteriorate. Fixing these dental spaces is crucial if you hope to preserve your teeth. Luckily, there are various dental solutions for replacing missing teeth and dentures are one of them.

For a long time, only seniors wore the dentures to fix their teeth. Today, dentures are an ideal solution because they are non-invasive and can replace multiple teeth at once.

When Are Dentures Are Suitable Solution?

Dental implants and bridges are a perfect solution for one or two missing teeth. Dental implants are an invasive procedure that involves the surgical fixing of the implants to the jawbone. The placement of the dental bridges, on the other hand, require the trimming of the enamel to make room for the crowns.

If you have more multiple or all missing teeth, then the dentures are ideal. These removable dental fixtures are suitable for the upper or lower jaw.

What Types of Denture Are Ideal?

Well, it depends on your dental condition and preference. There are two types of dentures—full and partial.

Full dentures

Full dentures are used if you are losing all your teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or your teeth are too weak to be salvaged. The dentures are further divided into two—complete and immediate.

Immediate dentures are for you if you don’t want to stay without teeth. These dentures are fixed immediately after teeth extraction. However, they can be inconvenient because the dentures need to be adjusted as the bone heals. For that reason, these dentures are only used as a temporary solution.

Complete dentures are fixed when all the teeth are extracted, and the gums have started healing. The gum can take between eight and 12 months to heal and be ready for the dentures.

Partial dentures

Partials are ideal if you have less than half of your missing teeth. These dentures provide artificial replacement of your teeth if you want to preserve the remaining natural healthy teeth.

There are several options of partial dentures available from flexible to cast metal dentures. After your dental consultation, Dr. Silvoy will choose the appropriate dentures.

Why Do I Need to Store Dentures in Water or Solution?

Dentures are made of acrylic and, as such, need to be stored properly. Acrylic can distort if left to dry out, and that’s why you need to preserve the fixtures in water to keep them moist and enhance their lifespan.

Do Dental Dentures Hurt?

Yes. When the dentures are initially fixed, you will feel pain and discomfort for a few days, but it will clear out as the gum heals. Your gums will also take time to get used to the dentures, so you might feel pressure and uneasiness when talking or eating. Remember, the low production of saliva can also irritate the gums, so keep your mouth moistened.

How Are Dentures Made?

The process of making dental dentures involves a few steps:

  • Dental assessment and examination using modern technology and digital imaging tests
  • The choosing of the denture size and color
  • Taking your dental impression
  • The first fitting of the dentures is done. If necessary, the dentist will make adjustments
  • Finally, the final dental appliance is made

How to Care for Your Dentures?

The dentures mimic your natural teeth in appearance and function but are prone to damage. It is, therefore, essential to take care of the dentures to promote its lifespan.

  • Avoid eating or eat in moderation acidic, sugary, or dehydrating foods like alcohol, tea, or coffee. Stay away from hard, crunchy and sticky foods
  • Rinse the dentures immediately after eating to prevent food particles from accumulating
  • Maintain healthy oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing once a day

Dentures are an affordable and non-invasive dental solution, and at Better Dentistry, we offer both complete and partial dentures to fit your every dental need.

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