Full and Partial Dentures
If you are missing one or more tooth from your mouth, do not be ashamed or embarrassed – you are in good company! Over 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and another 40 million are missing all of them. While missing teeth is quite common, it is understandable to want to restore your smile to make it beautiful again. For our patients who are missing several teeth or even all of their teeth, we here at North Hills Dental are happy to offer either complete or partial dentures to help you feel comfortable smiling once more.
What Do I Need to Know About Full and Partial Dentures?
When you are missing teeth, getting dentures can be a major step forward in helping you feel better about your smile. Dentures are a type of oral prosthesis that consists of a skin-colored acrylic tray with a row of artificial teeth set into it. In the past, dentures were quite unsightly, and it was unfortunately obvious to anyone that the wearer did not have their natural teeth. Today, however, newer generations of dentures can look and feel very similar to real teeth.
Depending on your severity of tooth loss, you may be a candidate for either full or partial dentures. Full dentures are a fantastic option for a person who is missing an entire set of teeth, either on the top or the bottom of their jaw. To fit you with dentures, we will first start by taking an impression of your mouth. That will help ensure a comfortable fit.
If you are missing your upper teeth, the tray will fit over the top of your mouth, over your soft palate. For the bottom teeth, the tray will be in a horseshoe shape to help fit around your tongue. If you required extractions before your denture fitting, then you may need to wait for your gums to heal for your final set of dentures, but temporary dentures are an option you may consider in the meanwhile.
Partial dentures are great for people who are missing just a few teeth on either their top or their bottom arch. Partial dentures are made up of a metal frame that fits around your natural teeth as well as a skin-toned acrylic base and your prosthetic teeth. Unlike bridges, partial dentures can be removed for cleaning. Sometimes we will place a crown over your existing teeth to help support the partial.
Getting used to partial or complete dentures may take a little bit of time, but once you are used to them, they can be quite comfortable. Dentures do need to be relined occasionally due to the natural shrinking of your gum tissue, and please be aware that they are not a permanent solution to your tooth loss. If you take good care of them, you can expect your dentures to last up to a decade. Continue to take good care of your oral health and make sure you keep your full and partial dentures clean to avoid infection or complications.
If you have questions about either full or partial dentures, or you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us here at North Hills Dental, please give us a call today at (503) 567-4121!