What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace all or multiple missing teeth. They are custom-designed to not only look natural but also to restore lost function. Dentures are a good solution for patients who are looking to replace multiple teeth.
Dentures are removable; however, patients should be advised that dentures are fragile and should be treated with care. Over time, dentures will wear down and will need adjustments in order to stay comfortable and fit properly. Patients should schedule routine checkups with their dentist in order to keep their dentures in good working order.
What are Partials?
Partial dentures are removable dental appliances that are used when some teeth are missing. These devices are crafted out of dental resin and plastic, making them lightweight and natural-looking. Partial dentures are designed to restore function and appearance to your smile.
Partials are made of a thin metal framework that holds plastic or porcelain teeth. A partial denture is removable and can be taken in and out, unlike a full denture. A partial denture is a good option for people who are missing a few teeth and who have the strength to be able to wear a removable denture.
How are Dentures/Partials used?
Full dentures are used to replace all teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. They are removable and colored to match your natural teeth.
Partial dentures are used when a patient is missing some teeth and still has some remaining in their smile. A partial denture is held in place by clasps, which are connected to the remaining teeth.
Dentures vs. Partials
Depending on your needs, you may get either partial or full dentures. Many people get partial dentures to replace just a few missing teeth, and you can get full dentures to replace a full mouth of teeth.
Both dentures and partial dentures are made from an acrylic base that holds false teeth. The base is then custom-fitted to your mouth. Partial dentures have a metal framework that keeps them in place. Full dentures rely on the natural suction from your gums to hold them in place.
How do I care for my Dentures or Partials?
Dentures and partials need to be cleaned on a daily basis. However, many patients leave their dentures soaking in water overnight. Caring for dentures this way actually causes them to lose their shape over time. Dentures and partials need to be kept moist but not soaking wet. The best way to clean them is with a denture cleaning paste or solution. A denture brush can be used to remove debris and stains.
Patients also need to brush their gums to avoid oral disease. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria can build up on denture wearers’ gums. These substances can lead to oral disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis.
Should I replace my Dentures or Partials?
If you have been wearing your dentures or partials for many years, they may no longer fit properly. Over time, the bone structure in your mouth will change. Your jaw may shrink or recede, which will require you to have a denture or partial refitted.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (480) 838-8558 to have a consultation with Dr. Christopher Payne, and we will be happy to help.