Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
Dentures are custom-made dental appliances used to replace missing teeth, to restore lost oral functions such as speaking and eating, and to increase confidence in your smile. They can be complete or partial, and the right type of denture for you depends on your own personal needs. Lincoln Smiles can explain the difference between complete and partial dentures and help you decide which type, if any, is right for you.
What Is the Difference Between Complete and Partial Dentures?
Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth, whereas partial dentures use false teeth to fill in gaps between your natural teeth.
Complete dentures support a full set of teeth and are made of a gum-colored plastic base with plastic or porcelain false teeth attached. The fixture forms a seal with your gums when inserted to hold it in place.
Partial dentures use either a gum-colored plastic base with false teeth attached or a metal framework that uses strategically placed clasps to hold the fixture in place.
Are Dentures Right for Me?
While dentures are the right dental solution for many patients, they are not for everybody. There are pros and cons to dentures in general as well as to each type of denture.
It can take time to adapt to these natural looking teeth replacements in a few ways. For example, they may feel awkward or loose fitting at the beginning and can sometimes cause minor irritation or soreness. You may also have some difficulty saying certain words at first. This remedies itself as you get more comfortable with your dentures, but practicing saying the word or words can speed up the process. In addition, new dentures can cause discomfort when eating. This is easily fixed, however, by starting with soft foods and gradually building up to your normal diet.
Although we may instruct you to wear your new dentures all the time initially in order to determine areas needing to be adjusted, after a few days you should take your dentures out before going to sleep and can put them back in when you awaken. This allows your gums time to rest between wearing. It’s also prime time to clean and care for your dentures.
Dentures generally last about 5 years, but their lifespan can be significantly increased or decreased depending on how well you care for them. They should be placed in water or a denture cleaner when not being worn to prevent them from drying out, and they should be cleaned daily with a soft bristled toothbrush, soap, and water. Do not use hot water, toothpaste, or hard bristles as these can damage your dentures.
The mouth undergoes natural changes in shape and structure with age, sometimes requiring denture adjustments. It is important to attend regular dental examinations to ensure a safe and proper denture fit, as well as to maintain good oral health.
If you think dentures might be right for you or if you would like more information, Lincoln Smiles can help. Call us at 916-543-8800 today to schedule a consultation.