Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures are still available today to remedy the loss of natural teeth, but they have come a long way from the ones we remember. With improvements in comfort, fit, and placement, they now work better than ever. Denture procedures in Plano and Arlington, Texas are available at Premiere Family Dentistry.
There are a couple of options when it comes to full and partial dental pieces. It will depend on how many teeth you are missing and a full consultation with your dentist which option will work best for you.
How Do They Function?
A removable dental piece is made of a prosthetic acrylic style dental appliance that matches the color of your gums and fits over them. The upper part fits in the roof of your mouth complimenting the lower part that is shaped like a U to leave room for your tongue to function and to help you speak well.
Your denture is created based on impressions that your dentist will take of your natural teeth, gums, and mouth. The impressions will be examined at a lab where the dental prosthetic will be customized, designed, and created to replace your missing teeth. Everything will be tested and fitted once it is made.
This dental appliance may not be for everyone. It just depends on the restoration you are seeking for missing teeth and if this option is right for you. You will have a choice between full or partial pieces.
Full Piece – A full dental piece is utilized and created, after all, your teeth have been removed. Full options are great if you are missing most of your teeth and have gum disease or have gone through bone loss in your mouth and jaw area. In this case, you most likely need a whole set of teeth. Full appliances can be created to make you a solid and natural looking smile. The full option operates fine, and you should be able to eat and speak like you normally would.
Partial – Partials are placed on existing teeth and can work alongside crowns and regular teeth. They are often utilized as an alternative to bridges. If you have most of your teeth, partials are a good option for missing teeth due to gum disease or injury. They would be used as a connector in between permanent teeth and fitted almost like a bridge but as an alternative option. The partial would mix in and match with your real natural teeth. In some cases, you may have to have some minor oral surgery before partials can be fitted properly.
Immediate – Immediate are great for temporary situations in between receiving a full denture or other procedure. They are utilized to replace your missing teeth after your teeth have been pulled, and your gum tissue is healing and you are waiting for a more permanent solution.
Do They Feel Normal?
You may have mild discomfort at first, and there will be a period in which you will need to adjust to your new prosthetic dental piece. Once your mouth muscles get used to the insertion and you have to time to feel and use your new teeth, you should be able to speak and eat fine. Your mouth will then function as if you have a normal set of teeth.
When you have removable teeth, you still have to take care of them as carefully as you would real teeth. The care of your dental piece will require regular daily cleaning and routine appointments with your dentist. You will need to meet with your dentist on occasion to adjust them and tighten the piece after it loosens over time.
Just as if you had clear aligner braces, retainers, or other dental appliances, you need to handle dentures with care and make sure not to break them or damage them. Using a denture cleanser on a regular basis will help to keep your piece clean and in good shape. You should not use hot water when cleaning them because it could cause damage to them.
Make sure to brush your dentures as if they were natural teeth in addition to normal oral hygiene habits like brushing gums, tongue, and the roof of the mouth to keep your entire oral environment healthy.