Maintaining a high level of oral health and hygiene is important to your life. One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to healthy and strong teeth and gums, is that the definition of “good oral health” might change over time. This is especially true as we age and tend to have more issues with our teeth. Eventually, while the goal might once have been to avoid cavities in any teeth and to have a mouth full of natural teeth, the new option will be to preserve remaining teeth as much as possible while looking at different replacement teeth options. One of the most common restorative options used to help replace missing natural teeth are dentures and partial dentures. At The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we are proud to be able to offer flexible and diverse options to our patients.
What are partial dentures?
When you lose teeth, you need to settle on a replacement option as quickly as possible. It is important to note that your options vary depending upon how many teeth you have lost as well as various other factors specific to your case. If you have a few teeth extracted, but still have viable natural teeth remaining, then one of your replacement teeth options is a partial denture. A partial denture is a dental device that consists of replacement teeth that are attached to an acrylic base that is colored to match your gums. This kind of denture is often removable, and sometimes snaps in place using a framework that attaches to teeth adjacent to the empty space left by extracted teeth.
Another option is a dental bridge, which is the same basic idea as the aforementioned partial denture, but it attaches to two crowns that are placed over adjacent teeth.
What are complete dentures?
When you lose all of your teeth, you might be worried that your quality of life will go down. That concern is natural; however, it does not have to be a reality. With complete dentures, you can quickly turn an empty mouth into one that is full of teeth! Like the partial denture described above, complete dentures consist of replacement teeth placed onto an acrylic base that matches your gums. The dentures are then fitted to your existing gums. Note that most complete dentures are held in place using suction, and it might take a while for you to grow accustomed to the feeling in your mouth.
Are dentures effective?
Both partial and complete dentures are good options for individuals who are looking to replace missing teeth. The option that is best for you is one that you should discuss with your dentist, who will have more insight as to your specific needs and therefore the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of dentures. Make sure that you understand how to take care of your dentures, and that you ask any questions you might have while speaking with us.
To learn more about the kinds of denture options that we offer, contact us today at (903) 858-4020 and speak with one of our experienced staff members!