Partial vs. Full Dentures
As we age, so do our teeth. Did you know that there are 45 Million Americans that wear one or two dentures? Adult tooth loss is a real occurring problem for many millions of Americans. We see patients every day suffering from failing dentition. Many of them suffer from an unesthetic smile, have several missing teeth, or have dental pain for years.
However, many patients are unsure of their options for tooth replacement. Cosmetic dentist Clark Damon and his team at the Texas Denture Clinic help patients explore the treatment options available so that the teeth can be replaced in a timely, and effective manner. We offer our Fort Worth patients both partial dentures and complete dentures so that, despite the degree of tooth loss, the smile can be restored to its natural beauty and function.
Partial dentures are best suited for patients who have experienced significant tooth loss but who still have healthy teeth remaining. It is always our goal to preserve as much as the natural teeth as possible; for a patient who has not lost an entire arch of teeth, a partial denture can replace missing teeth while preserving the health and structure of the remaining teeth.
A partial denture is a set of artificial teeth that are secured to a plastic base or metal framework. For partial dentures, a metal framework is the most common option, although a plastic base may be used in certain situations or as a temporary restoration. This metal framework can support the needed number of artificial teeth. The partial denture is secured in the mouth by metal clasps that rest around the natural teeth.
Full dentures are a removable option for patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth or their entire set of teeth. Full dentures replace an arch of teeth so that the aesthetics of the smile can be restored, in addition to improving oral functions.
Full dentures are composed of a pink acrylic base that is made to resemble gum tissue, along with a full set of white acrylic teeth. The acrylic base of the dentures forms a seal with the gums that "holds" the dentures in place. Most commonly, even the best made lower denture can not achieve a "seal" and denture adhesive is required to achieve a degree of "hold" if implants are not utilized. Dr. Damon also offers his patients implant-supported dentures, which greatly improve comfort, security, and function.
Benefits of Dentures
The choice between full or partial dentures is really dependent on how many teeth have been lost. In either case, dentures offer patients a number of health and aesthetic benefits, including the following:
- Renewed confidence in the appearance of the smile
- Teeth that appear healthy, attractive, and natural
- Improved ability to chew, eat, and speak
- Elimination of painful teeth
In addition, our patients benefit from an in-house lab that allows us to work with our patients on the most comfortable fit and the best aesthetic features for their dentures.
Dr. Clark Damon and his staff at Texas Denture Clinic are known as the local experts in dentures and dental restorations. Our wide range of dental services is aimed toward helping patients achieve a beautiful, functional smile. If you are interested in learning more about our dental services, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our friendly staff is eager to help you.