Some patients take their teeth for granted, but once they’re gone, it’s much easier to appreciate how important they are for eating and speaking. Luckily, you don’t have to give up on enjoying good quality of life just because your teeth are missing. At Dentistry in Motion, we can offer full dentures and partials that’ll put a smile back on your face. If you believe you or a loved one might need to consider getting some kind of denture in the future, contact our practice today.
Typically, when your dentist is talking about dentures, they normally mean full dentures, as opposed to partial dentures (or “partials”). While both are kinds of false teeth, there are some important differences between them.
Full dentures are the restoration of choice whenever an entire arch is missing. They’re placed on top of the gums; they can usually stay in place on their own, although some patients might need to use a special adhesive. The gum-colored frame is often made from acrylic, and porcelain or a composite resin is usually used to create the teeth. Sometimes full dentures can be supported by dental implants for better chewing power and security.
Partials are custom-made to fill in gaps in your mouth. They’re used when there are still enough healthy teeth worth saving in the arch. The teeth and base are similar to that of full dentures, but partials also have a metal clasp or framework that’ll hold them in position.
Unsurprisingly, almost anyone with extensive tooth loss could be considered a candidate for dentures and partials. If you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, you’ll probably get dentures; if only a few need to be replaced, however, partials are the better options. While some people might think that only elderly patients can get dentures, the truth is that young people who are missing teeth for any reason can also get them.
It’s important to remember that you’ll need to remove your dentures from time to time; otherwise they can irritate your gums or even cause small wounds. Apart from that, though, as long as you’re willing to take care of your new teeth, there shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t get dentures or partials.
Once you start living with dentures, you’ll notice dramatic improvements. You’ll be able to smile with confidence and, with practice, eat a varied diet and speak with clarity. While you’re adjusting to your new teeth, you should eat small quantities of food that’s been cut into small pieces and chew using the back of your mouth; it also helps to start with soft foods and gradually work your way up to chewier meals like steak.
Both dentures and partials need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Rinse them with warm water after each meal and brush them daily with a soft toothbrush and soap or denture paste. Also, be mindful of sores in your mouth; they could be a sign that your dentures or partials don’t fit properly and need to be adjusted.