Missing Teeth? Restore Your Beautiful Smile with Full or Partial Dentures
If you are missing teeth, full or partial dentures could be a great option for you. Dentures are a great option if you are missing all of the teeth in an arch, while partials are a great option if you are just missing a couple of teeth. Either way, it is important to go to the right dentist when getting fitted for a denture or a partial. Here at Complete Family Dentistry, we treat each one of our patients like they’re part of our family, so you can rest assured you’ll get the best treatment possible.
I encourage you to take some time to read about the differences of dentures versus partials below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help!
Dentures vs Partials
Dentures are used to replace all missing teeth in an arch. Upper dentures are easier to tolerate by patients than lower dentures. Upper dentures have the palate to suction to and keep in place. Lower dentures move around due to the very strong tongue and other factors, thus implant-retained dentures are much more retentive.
Patients considering new dentures or replacement should consider these implant retained dentures. Dentures take a patient with severely broken down painful teeth into full upper and lower healthy looking teeth in usually three appointments. Dentures are custom fit for each patient, so it is important to have each of these three appointments to achieve that perfect fit.
Partials are removable and can replace one or many teeth. Most are made of pink acrylic, acrylic teeth, and metal clasps that hook onto the anchor teeth. In some cases smaller, all acrylic partials may be possible. These are desirable when implants/bridges cannot be placed. They are more affordable, but they are not ideal for patients that have gum disease or have a lot of loose teeth due to the stress put on the remaining teeth.
Partials can replace missing teeth so patients can function more efficiently and can prevent further problems with other teeth. Partials are custom fit for each patient, so it is important to have three appointments in order to get the perfect fit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures & Partials
See below for many frequently asked questions about dentures and partials! Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us, we’d love to answer any and all of your questions!
You might need dentures if all or most of your teeth in one or both of your arches is missing.
You might need a partial if you have many teeth in an arch that are missing.
The main difference between a partial and dentures is that a partial is only when you have some teeth that are missing, but dentures are for when an entire row of teeth are missing in an arch.
No, dentures and partials are not permanent! Typically, people will take them out at night and only wear them during the day.