Partial Vs Full Dentures

When you have lost teeth, your dentist may recommend you get dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures. All three have different pros and cons, and the dentist will suggest you get replacements that are most feasible for your oral condition.

When it comes to dentures, you will typically have two options: partial and full dentures. In this article, we present a brief comparison of the two.

What are Dentures?

Dentures (full or partial) include a gum-like base made of plastic resin placed over the remaining bone ridge that originally supported the teeth. The artificial teeth are affixed to this foundation and are designed to resemble real teeth in appearance and function.

They are held in place mostly by the suction caused by their snug fit over the alveolar ridges, therefore it is important that they have a good fit in your mouth. The large surface area of the mouth’s roof (palate) provides greater support for dentures in the upper jaw, making them more stable.

Whether you get partial or full dentures, it may take some time to become used to talking and eating with dentures. The nerves, ligaments, and muscles will gradually adapt to the device, allowing for natural mouth functions.

What is a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures, often known as partials, are a type of removable denture (removable partial denture). Partials are frequently recommended for those who still have a significant number of teeth remaining in their mouth because it is not a good idea to extract natural teeth that are still functional.

Some people mix up bridges and partials, but they are not the same thing. Fixed bridges are held in place permanently by crowns placed over two natural, neighboring teeth, whereas partial is removable. The partials are made of an acrylic metal frame with clasps that link to the patient’s natural teeth.

You can get partials for both upper (upper partial denture) and lower (lower partial denture) teeth. Your dentist can even place a partial denture for one tooth.

What is a Full Denture?

For those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth, complete or full dentures are frequently suggested by dentists. These can be worn on either the top or lower teeth or both. If the patient wishes to remove any existing teeth from the jaw, the dentist will execute the necessary tooth extraction before proceeding with the full denture placement.

Therefore, the difference between partial and full dentures is simple. Your dentist will recommend you get partial if you still have some healthy teeth remaining. On the other hand, you will get full dentures if you have all teeth missing/removed.

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Randall Dentistry offers a wide range of dental services in Dallas, including the placement of affordable dentures. Our patients will receive treatments from expert dentists in a comfortable and hygienic environment. To learn more about getting treatment, the cost of dentures, or book an appointment, please call or visit our dental clinic.

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