Full and Partial Dentures in Mt. Holly
There is a stereotype around dentures that says they are uncomfortable, unattractive, and inconvenient. Before you buy into all the negative talk, though, take a moment to consider that modern dentures are actually a great way to replace missing teeth. If they fit properly and are well-made, they can serve as an important part of your smile and your oral health. If you are ever interested in learning about how dentures might be able to benefit you, please contact us to chat about your tooth replacement options.
Full dentures are probably what you usually think of when your mind goes to dentures. They replace an entire arch of teeth — either the top row or the bottom row. They’re made of a gum-colored base that is attached to a set of natural-looking artificial teeth. Sometimes, suction is enough to keep the dentures in place, but many patients choose to use an adhesive for extra staying power.
If you care for them well, your dentures may last about five to eight years before you need to replace them. To get the most out of your new smile, be sure you:
- Keep them moist when you’re not wearing them. Water or a denture-soaking solution works for this.
- Gently brush them to get rid of plaque and bacteria, which can discolor them and lead to bad breath.
- Clean them over a towel or a bowl of water so they have a soft landing if you accidentally drop them.
- Visit your dentist regularly, especially when you notice changes in the way your dentures fit. You don’t want ill-fitting dentures to irritate or gums or compromise your bite.
As their name implies, partial dentures are a removable prosthesis that replaces several missing teeth but not an entire arch. The missing teeth don’t all have to be in a row; your dentist will be able to fill in multiple gaps with a single denture that is supported by a comfortable metal framework.
Partials are great because they protect your remaining natural teeth by preventing them from drifting out of place. They also help to more evenly distribute the force of your bite and provide aesthetic benefits as well. You may want to consider partial dentures if you are missing more teeth than could easily be replaced by bridges.
Caring for your partials involves the same steps as looking after full dentures; you have to keep them moist, keep them clean, and stay in touch with your dentist.
While traditional full and partial dentures offer many benefits, they do have a few drawbacks. For example, you have to replace them every few years as your jaw changes shape and affects the fit of your teeth. Many patients have found that implant-supported dentures are a better option. They’re supported by small titanium posts that your oral surgeon places in your jaw. They help to prevent bone loss, maintain the shape of your face, and offer the strongest bite out of all the tooth replacement options. They may even last for the rest of your life!