What Are Full and Partial Dentures?
With age, most of us may begin to lose our teeth, giving way to difficulties in chewing food, talking and taking away the glory of our healthy smiles. Full and partial dentures offer a solution to this problem.
Dentures are removable replacement teeth. Though in the past, patients reported that dentures are uncomfortable and took quite some time to get used to them, modern technology has made dentures much more natural looking and easier to wear.
At Advanced Dental and Implant Center, Orange Park, FL, we recommend partial dentures if you have lost some teeth in a row. Full dentures are recommended for those who have lost all or most teeth. Dr. Strout will begin by taking a full impression of your mouth and send it to a dental lab, where the dentures will be made.
Partial dentures are used as replacements for a number of missing teeth in a row. These generally have a plastic base allowing for them to rest comfortably and securely on to the gums. They also have a metal framework that attaches them to the natural teeth and helps them stay in place. In case your natural teeth fail to serve as an anchor for the denture, your dentist may use a crown to cover the natural teeth to enable sufficient support for partial dentures.
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, a full denture is used. Your dentist will remove any remaining teeth in your mouth and wait for the tissues to heal before installing dentures. In some cases, it may be possible to install the dentures immediately after your remaining teeth have been removed. This needs to be planned for beforehand, and your dentist will need to have measurements and models made of your jaw in advance.
How Long Will Dentures Last?
You will need regular visits to the dentist to make refinements to your dentures. Wearing them daily takes its toll, and the shape of your mouth may change over time. In order to ensure proper maintenance and longevity of your dentures, use them carefully as they are delicate. Always store them in a container of water or soaking solution when they are not in use. Also brush them regularly to remove plaque and food deposits. Regularly brush your tongue and palate to cleanse it and keep it clean.
If you notice any damage to your dentures, contact our clinic immediately. Indulging in self-repair is not recommended.
If you are missing some or all of your teeth, Dr. Strout could have a solution that suits your need and budget. We use contemporary equipment and safe procedures to restore your smile so that you do not lose confidence because of lost teeth. Call our clinic in Orange Park, FL on (904) 688-3056.