Removable Partials and Full Dentures
With full or partial dentures, you will have your smile back and will recover chewing and biting ability, providing you the possibility to enjoy foods that you may have had to avoid when you were missing teeth.
While dentures are an adequate replacement for your teeth when it comes to the appearance of your smile and your face, when it comes to function, they are a prosthetic replacement. Just like someone with a prosthetic limb may have limited functionality compared to a real limb, dentures function differently from natural teeth. The stability of dentures varies from person to person, so the variety of foods that denture-wearers are able to eat also varies. Dr. Faiella can go over what foods you should avoid or eat differently (such as cutting meats into smaller pieces for ease of chewing). Speaking while wearing dentures sometimes takes getting used to, especially when forming “s” or “th” sounds. Any speech difficulty usually passes with practice. Untreated tooth loss, whether full or partial, can affect a person’s ability to eat, which can lead to the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic disorders. Bite collapse can cause abnormal facial contours, leading to a decrease in the person’s self-image.
Full or partial dentures are made of a gum-colored plastic resin, that fit over the remaining alveolar (bone) ridge that formerly held the teeth. Attached to the denture base are prosthetic teeth that are designed to look and function similar to your natural teeth. They are held in place primarily by the suctioning effect of their close contact with the alveolar ridge and gums. The upper denture also gets extra support from the roof of the mouth.
Benefits of Removable Dentures and Partials
Limitations of Removable Dentures and Partials
Types of Full Removable Dentures
- Fabricated prior to removal of teeth and placed immediately after extractions are completed
- Usually a temporary option to help you transition from having teeth to a full denture
- Throughout the healing process, the bone of your jaws will change significantly may shrink, leading to a poorly fitting denture
- After complete healing, a conventional denture (see below) will be fabricated to achieve a better fit, leading to improved function, appearance and comfort
Types of Partial Dentures
- Relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures that serve as a temporary tooth replacement or space maintainer
- Often used to replace a tooth after an extraction during the implant healing phase