Dentures and partial dentures are dental appliances containing artificial teeth and gums that provide a functional replacement for missing teeth. Unlike fixed prosthetics like crowns and bridges, dentures can be lifted out and placed back into the mouth. These removable appliances are typically made of acrylic, nylon, or metal and are custom-made to fit snugly over the gums.
If your dentist recommends dentures as a replacement for your missing teeth, it’s important to understand how your dentures will work. There are two main types of dentures available: full dentures and partial dentures. Learn more about these types of dentures and the benefits of each.
Full or “complete” dentures take up the entire mouth instead of just part of it. This removable device is often used for patients who are missing all of their teeth. There are two components that make up full dentures. First, there are artificial teeth that function like normal teeth, allowing you to chew and bite food. These artificial teeth are connected to a denture base which restores the defective hard and soft tissues.
The top of the mouth differs slightly from the bottom; therefore, the top and bottom arch of the dentures will differ from one another. The full upper denture is referred to as the maxillary arch and contains a plate that covers the roof of the mouth. The full lower denture is called the mandibular arch and rests on the gum and bone tissues.
Benefits of Full Dentures
Full dentures can provide patients a wide range of benefits. Above all else, full dentures can give people who are missing all of their teeth a beautiful and functional smile that allows them to speak, eat, and smile with confidence. In turn, this can improve a person’s overall health.
Another benefit of full dentures is that they are removable. You can remove them at any time which makes caring for and cleaning the appliances fast and easy. Dentures last considerably longer with proper care.
Full dentures can also help fill out your face which may appear sunken due to missing teeth. This can give patients a more youthful appearance. With a new set of teeth, you’ll also want to smile more which can increase your overall happiness.
Unlike full dentures which are meant to replace all of your missing teeth, partial dentures are recommended for patients who are only missing some of their teeth. To receive partial dentures, you must have some healthy teeth remaining in the lower and upper arches. However, like full dentures, partial dentures can help restore a patient’s speech, chewing abilities, and appearance.
There are several reasons why a person might want to get partial dentures. Patients can lose teeth for a wide range of reasons, such as severe decay, traumatic injury, or removal of teeth due to other issues. There are several types of partial dentures available based on the location in the mouth and the number of artificial teeth needed.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Patients may choose partial dentures over alternative options due to their affordability and ease of use. Like full dentures, partial dentures can be removed to allow you to easily care for them. They can also be adjusted over time to ensure a comfortable and secure fit in the mouth.
Partial dentures are useful for maintaining a patient’s jaw structure and overall appearance. They provide stability and help stimulate bone growth in the jaw. With a partial denture in place, patients can also avoid dental issues caused by shifting teeth. Most importantly, partial dentures can restore your confidence and inspire you to smile.
Contact Bonham Dental Arts
Dental health and wellness begins with a healthy and complete smile. The team of dental professionals at Bonham Dental Arts can help restore your smile with full or partial dentures. For more information about dentures or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (727) 581-1869.