For someone who has missing teeth, be it due to disease, an injury, or just old age, the gaps between their teeth can make biting, chewing, smiling, and speaking an uncomfortable. A few missing teeth can even change the shape and structure of your face because the teeth provide support and keep your facial muscles from drooping.
If you are missing a lot of teeth, getting dentures is a good option. However, there are two options for you: full dentures or partial dentures. If you are uncertain about which option is better for you, we at Mor Smiles are here to help you decide.
Complete dentures are created with a plastic base that is colored pink and white in order to replicate gum tissue, and supports a complete set of teeth either made of plastic or porcelain. The traditional complete denture is held in the oral cavity by sealing it with the gums. Another way to hold them in place is by attaching them to dental implants that can be placed in the bone of the jaws with a surgical procedure. However, the latter treatment costs more than the former.
To get a full denture placed, we might need to perform a tooth extraction in order to make space to fit the denture if there are still a few teeth lingering in your mouth. A conventional complete denture is made after the tooth extraction process, and after your gum tissue starts to heal. They are typically ready to be placed in 9 weeks. The denture is placed over the gums and secured to the roof of your mouth using suction. Complete dentures are removable, and you can take them out at night, as well as for cleanings.
A removable partial denture, also known as a bridge, usually comprises of replacement teeth joined to a plastic base that is gum-colored. The base holds the denture in place in the mouth with the help of a metal framework attached to it. Partial dentures are placed when more than one healthy natural tooth remains in the jaw. Precision partial dentures can be removed and have internal attachments instead of clasps that attach to the crowns of adjacent teeth. If you seek a more natural look, go for precision partial dentures.
A permanent bridge, on the other hand, replaces one or more teeth by attaching crowns on the top of teeth on both sides of the partial denture. The dental appliance is then cemented into its place. Not only do partial dentures fill in gaps created by the missing teeth, but they also help keep the adjacent teeth in their position.
Effective Oral Health
Both complete and partial dentures can be very effective and make an excellent choice when you have to deal with tooth loss and replacement. It is up to you to decide which type of denture you want to wear according to your situation. Regardless of which type you go for, you always want to take excellent care of your oral health and practice good oral hygiene so that your gums stay healthy. Moreover, it is best to make sure you visit us regularly to ensure your dentures fit right and that they are comfortable. To learn more about your options for the types of dentures, kindly call Mor Smiles at 223-258-5088 today and get consultation.