As we grow older our teeth may reach the point where they begin to fall out. When this happens the surrounding tissues are at their weakest point, meaning that it is particularly easy for teeth to fall out. The solution to this dental issue is to have dentures installed as a removable replacement for both teeth and tissues. However, there are two kinds of dentures that are available for this purpose: complete dentures and partial dentures. Here are some of the differences between the two, along with when it is optimal to get one procedure over the other.
Complete dentures are made for the complete replacement of an entire set of teeth. They can either be pre-made for the patient or custom designed to the patient’s jawline and bone structure. When complete dentures are pre-made they require a bit more adjustment for the proper fitting when compared to conventional fittings.
Partial dentures, like the name suggests, are for the replacement of a select group of teeth rather than the entire set. These dentures involve the use of fixed bridges, placing crowns on either side of the teeth, and then attaching artificial teeth to them. Once in place, the bridge is cemented into the metal framework of the denture. Partial dentures also prevent other teeth from shifting while in place.
There is an upward trend these days in which dental implants have become the substitute for dentures. However, dental implants put a lot of stress on the tooth socket and jawbone, so not everyone is suited for them.
Have questions regarding dentures? Bayport Dental Care in Bayport offers a wide range of services and would be glad to assist you with any concerns or questions you may have. We have a professional staff qualified in many areas of dentistry including general, cosmetic, endodontic, etc. Bayport Dental Care wants to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible, so be sure to stop in for a consultation today!