Do You Need Full Or Partial Dentures?

stewart denturesLosing most, if not all, of your teeth can lead to serious oral health complications. In addition to embarrassment, you can soon develop complications that threaten your appearance and any remaining natural teeth. Fortunately, we can help replace lost teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. Do you need full or partial dentures?

The Health Risks Associated with Tooth Loss

Losing your teeth can have major impacts on your smile. First, you may feel embarrassment about your appearance. In addition, losing multiple teeth can impact your overall health, as you must subsist on a diet of mainly soft foods. Tooth loss also makes communicating clearly difficult as well. Finally, your remaining teeth may begin to drift form their proper positions as a result of the gaps in your smile. In order to maintain a whole and healthy smile, you should always seek tooth replacement when faced with one or more missing teeth.

Partial Dentures

These are designed for those who suffer from advanced tooth loss but don’t need a full set of dentures yet. The prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth. The new teeth are designed to be lifelike and sit in a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue. A partial can last for five to ten years before requiring adjustment or replacement.

Full Dentures

A full set replaces all of the teeth on one or both arches. They are held in place with suction, but may also benefit from the assistance of an adhesive. They are designed with an acrylic base and a full set of lifelike teeth. As with partials, they will require adjustment or replacement as the shape of the mouth changes in response to your tooth loss. If you have any questions about full or partial dentures then please contact our office today.