Partial Vs. Full Dentures

Smile More

with Dentures in Washington, Missouri

Is your smile missing a few teeth, or maybe even a complete row of teeth? If you answered yes, then you understand the challenges tooth loss presents. You already know that just one missing tooth can make eating certain foods difficult, like fresh fruits and vegetables or lean meats. Some people actually have insufficient diets because of missing teeth. Dr. Mace takes the time and care to set all of his denture teeth himself, allowing him to design a custom, natural-looking smile for his patients. His denture patients frequently tell him that their friends and family can’t even notice that their teeth aren’t real!

Of course, there is also the matter of not having a full smile. For some, embarrassment can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a convenient and affordable solution. With dentures—both full and partial—Dr. Mace can rebuild the attractive smile you had before tooth loss. In many situations, dental implants can be combined with dentures to enhance function and stability.

What are Partial Dentures?

If you are missing one tooth or several teeth along one arch, and need the most affordable solution, then a partial denture may be your best option. A removable partial consists of a false tooth or teeth attached to a metal or pink resin framework. Clips or brackets can be incorporated to hook on to adjacent teeth so your partial is inconspicuously held in place.

When a partial is designed to replace several teeth, the device fits like a puzzle piece between remaining teeth. In some cases, dental crowns are mounted on natural teeth to firmly support the partial.

What are Full Dentures?

If all of your teeth along one or both arches are missing, the traditional approach is to have full dentures made. Many of Dr. Mace’s patients find full dentures to be a suitable choice both in terms of how they look and how affordable they are. Your dentures will fit securely along your gums, but not so tight that they’re irritating. The base is shaded to match the natural color of gum tissue, and the teeth have the shape and shine of natural teeth.

You and Dr. Mace will decide if conventional or immediate dentures are right for you. Conventional dentures are placed a few months after the remaining teeth are removed and your gums have healed. Immediate dentures, as the name implies, are placed right after the remaining teeth are extracted so you aren’t without teeth. However, these dentures will need to be realigned to match the changing shape of your jaw as it heals.

Caring for Dentures

When you have removable partial or full dentures, oral hygiene is just as important as when you had your own natural teeth. If possible, rinse dentures after every meal. This removes particles food that can become trapped between dentures and sensitive gum tissue. You’ll need to clean your dentures thoroughly every night with a brush that has soft bristles and non-abrasive toothpaste. Be sure to brush your gums and tongue, too. Don’t sleep with dentures in your mouth. Instead, soak them in water or a denture cleaning solution overnight.

Alternative Solutions to Dentures

Today, dental implants are the number one alternative solution for Full-Mouth Restoration to partial or full dentures. Dental implants provide a functional, permanent, and natural appearing tooth replacement, which is often preferred among patients. With dental implants, you can replace one tooth, a set of teeth, or all of your teeth with All-On-4s restoration. Dr. Mace utilizes a 3D imaging system to safely and predictably place dental implants in his office. Click here to learn about this innovative oral surgery option that Dr. Mace offers through Dr. Duello in St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information about dentures or dental implants, call Dr. Mace and his team today at James G. Mace DDS in Washington, Missouri, today!