Full vs. Partial Dentures

Full vs. Partial Dentures

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Losing your teeth is not a pleasant experience. Not only can it make you self-conscious, it can also negatively impact the remainder of your teeth and affect the integrity of your bite when you eat. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, it can also impact your speech.

Fortunately, there are a lot of options available for you to restore your teeth, so you can enjoy a beautiful and full smile once again. One of the most recommended procedures for missing teeth are dentures, which are custom-made and removable artificial teeth. Dentures are available in full and partial pieces. While both options have their benefits, they are not for everyone.

The type of dentures most suitable for you will depend on your oral health and the number of teeth you are looking to replace.

Full Dentures

If you are missing almost all your teeth, your dentist may recommend full dentures. A full denture requires a completely empty gum line on which the denture can sit. A full denture is placed on the gum line using suction or an oral adhesive agent. Full dentures are removed and cleaned on a regular basis.  

Full dentures allow people who have lost all their teeth to once again enjoy the benefits of having teeth. The dentures allow you to eat foods, talk properly, and enjoy a beautiful smile. Most full dentures are made of hard resin material which is durable and looks very similar to real teeth.

Partial Dentures

If you don’t have all your teeth missing, a partial denture may be recommended to replace only the missing teeth. Partial dentures rest on a metal framework, and crowns are placed on your remaining teeth to securely anchor the dentures in place. If the remaining natural teeth are not in good shape, a prosthetic tooth may be implanted to serve as the anchor for the metal framework. Other options for some missing teeth are dental bridges or dental implants, however these options are not ideal for everyone.  

Like full dentures, partial dentures are typically made of resin material. They are also removed and cleaned on a regular basis. 

Dentures nowadays look more natural than the dentures of long ago. Whether you have full or partial dentures, their nature is that they need to be realigned, rebased, or remade every so often. For this reason, dental patients with dentures require more frequent dental visits so the dentist can check if the dentures are functioning as they should. Dentures take a little getting used to, but they are a good solution for missing teeth.

Treatment for Missing Teeth in Eugene, Oregon

If you have missing teeth and want to find a solution to help you restore your smile, the experts at 360 Dental would love to help. We have a lot of experience treating all types of oral health problems, including missing teeth.

To find out about our dental services and to make an appointment, call us at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment now. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you!