If you are living with the complications of tooth loss, you need an effective solution to fill the space. Dentures have been used for more than one hundred years because they are affordable and convenient. Depending on how many teeth you need to replace, you have a couple of different options that you can use. If you have several missing teeth, a partial maybe the right solution for you. However, if you are experiencing complete tooth loss, you will need a full denture.
Benefit from a Partial Denture
A partial denture is used to fill the space in between several missing teeth. It is a custom-made dental prosthetic that features a plate and a gum-colored base that has clips or claps, which are used to attach it to your adjacent teeth to hold it in place.
In some cases, the device can be “fixed” into place by putting dental crowns on the adjacent teeth. This is known as a dental bridge and is not removable. It is often preferred to use a traditional partial because it does not involve permanently altering the remaining natural teeth.
It provides an effective solution to close the gap to allow you to regain a healthy, functional smile. However, to benefit from a partial, your remaining natural teeth must be able to support the appliance. While it does provide you with the answer you need, the adjacent teeth will suffer from wear and tear over time.
Benefit from a Full Denture
A full denture is used to replace an entire arch. Impressions of the mouth are taken to create a gum-colored plastic or acrylic base. The prosthetic teeth are placed into it to complete your smile. To hold it in place, an adhesive is used.
This offers a great solution for those who are missing all or most of their teeth. Now, several advancements have been made to allow them to look more natural while offering an enhanced fit for improved comfort. However, you will need to have adjustments made over time and a new prosthetic created about every 5 to 10 years.
Which is the Right Option for Me?
If you are ready to invest in your confidence with a complete smile, you will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist. After an examination to evaluate your remaining teeth and your oral health, it will be determined if a partial or full denture is the right solution for you. With a customized treatment plan, you will fill the empty space to improve your quality of life.
About Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury is a trusted and reputable dentist in the community for high-quality care. In addition to graduating the Baylor College of Dentistry, he has completed several hours of continued education to offer his patients a diversity of services. In addition to preventive and general dentistry, he offers the solutions you need to regain a complete smile. If you are interested in partials or dentures, contact Stansbury Dental today to schedule a consultation.