Dentures are replacements for missing teeth and surrounding oral tissue. When a person’s natural teeth are all missing or have been completely removed, full (“complete”) dentures are recommended. Partial dentures (“partials”) are used when some natural teeth remain.
Both partials and dentures do many of the same jobs: they fill spaces, help you chew and talk more naturally, and prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place. Making the best choice requires your dentist at Dental Wellness of Suffern, NY to evaluate the structure and stability of your remaining natural teeth and your own unique needs.
Complete dentures are used when a person has no natural teeth remaining. There are two major variations: immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are prepared before teeth are removed and are ready immediately after removal. The benefit is that the wearer has dentures to wear during the healing period. A drawback is that gums and bone tissue are often deeply swollen after multi-tooth removal and shrink considerably over time. Immediate complete dentures are thus only a temporary wearing solution. Conventional dentures are placed two to three months after all teeth have been removed.
When a person has some natural teeth remaining that are located in the right position, i.e., two natural teeth on each side of a gap, partials are the way to go. Partials are sometimes called fixed permanent bridges and are made of replacement teeth set into in a gum-colored base. These teeth are connected together by a metal frame that’s anchored to a natural tooth in order to bridge the gap between natural teeth. A permanent bridge can only be removed by a dentist, as they are bonded to a natural tooth on each side of the gap. Choices of replacement teeth materials include porcelain, gold, or metal alloys.
Partials and dentures are both excellent solutions for very specific needs. You can trust your dentist at Dental Wellness of Suffern, NY to help you make the right decision for your unique needs. Visit our local dental office, or give us a call today.