Partial vs. Full Dentures: What You Need To Know

If missing teeth are a source of embarrassment or discomfort, it may be time to consider visiting a denturist. In Edmonton, Jasper Place Denture Clinic provides patients several denture options including complete and partial dentures. Which is right for you? There are several factors to consider, including the number and condition of remaining teeth in your mouth, and additional issues that related to your oral health.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are right for those missing several teeth in a row. However, the surrounding teeth must be strong enough to offer support to the prosthetic. Partial dentures are made from an acrylic or metal frame that has clasps designed to fasten the device to nearby healthy teeth. Unlike a bridge, a partial denture is removable. In addition to restoring your smile, partial dentures can also improve the way you talk and eat.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are designed to replace a full set of teeth. They may be right for you if you’ve lost the majority of your teeth or if your remaining teeth need to be extracted. Like partial dentures, complete dentures are removable. They get placed directly on top of the gums and remain in place via suction or an adhesive. There are two types of full dentures available at our Edmonton clinic: immediate dentures and conventional dentures.

Conventional dentures require a substantial period of healing after your remaining teeth have been extracted before they can be placed. Alternatively, immediate dentures are placed as soon as the extraction is complete. The downfall of immediate dentures is that they need to be relined as your mouth heals and therefore require frequent visits to your denturist to get them to fit properly. Conventional dentures require far fewer adjustments. Ultimately, immediate dentures are most frequently used as an interim solution for those without teeth after an extraction.

A Period of Adjustment

While dentures—partial or full—are an excellent solution for those who have missing teeth, they do take some getting used to. Eating, speaking and smiling may feel strange at first. It’s also possible to develop sores if the fit is too loose or too tight, in which case your denturist will need to make adjustments to the prosthetic. However, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term disadvantages.

Edmonton’s Denture Clinic of Choice

At Jasper Place Denture Clinic, we have over 20 years of experience restoring smiles. Contact us today if you have any questions about what type of denture is best for you or to schedule an appointment.

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