How Do Partial And Full Dentures Differ?

We’ve been talking a lot about tooth replacement lately. We’ve covered dental implants and bridges, but what if you have lost a majority of your teeth? In these situations, we may recommend a denture. We have two different options available, how do partial and full dentures differ?

Frequently Asked Questions About Full and Partial Dentures

Question: When do you recommend partials?

Answer: We may suggest a partial for patients that have lost several teeth spread out across the arch, but not enough to warrant a full set of dentures. The partial will contain a section of acrylic around the new teeth to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. The pontics, or replacement teeth, will be made from ceramic or zirconia for strength and a natural appearance. Metal clasps will be used to attach to natural teeth and anchor the denture in place.

Question: How does a full denture work?

Answer: We use one to replace all of the teeth on one or both arches. There is an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue, as well as a full row of replacement teeth. The denture will be held in place with natural suction. In some cases, a patient may also use a special adhesive for added security.

Question: What happens if I don’t address tooth loss?

Answer: Losing several of your teeth can cause serious problems for your smile. For example, you can have trouble eating your favorite foods, which can cause your nutritional intake to suffer. Some patients may also have difficulty speaking clearly. Your remaining teeth can drift from position, causing misalignment. Finally, the pressure advanced tooth loss places on your jaw joints can mean the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism (persistent teeth grinding). If you have any questions or concerns about addressing advanced tooth loss with a full or partial denture, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need Tooth Replacement?

If you’ve lost a number of teeth, then you may need dentures to enjoy a full smile again! You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.