Partial vs. Full Dentures

Dentures are made to replace some of the teeth in your mouth or all of the teeth in your mouth. Part of the denture you choose depends on the amount of teeth that you have existing in your mouth. For this reason, there are two kinds of dentures – Complete dentures and Partial dentures.

Full Dentures

Complete dentures are generally called either “conventional” or “immediate” depending on the kind of complete denture. Conventional dentures take eight to twelve weeks to make and must be made after teeth are removed. Immediate dentures can be made in the moment but need adjustments to fit properly. Most immediate dentures are later replaced with complete dentures.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable and usually come in a bridge form. They have replacement teeth for the teeth that one has lost. This is particularly helpful for those in middle age or even late age who have not yet lost all of their teeth. In fact, a number of individuals are able to make it their whole life without losing all of their teeth.

Dental Implants

Without dentures of any kind, full or partial, the only other option is dental implants. Currently, dental implants are not at a cost-effective or practical stage and so are not offered by many offices. Dentures are able to serve the purpose of replacement teeth and make it possible to have an aesthetically pleasing mouth as well.

Talking with your dentist will provide you with the best options for dentures and make sure that you get the best possible care. Ask your dentist about what would work the best for you and then review the options with your insurance providers. Most individuals with lost teeth will benefit from dentures in both function and look so it’s always a good idea to at least talk with your doctor when looking at the possibility of dentures.

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