Dentures are probably one of the most widely recognized dental devices in the world. For those who have missing or decaying teeth, partial or full dentures provide a very real and viable option. Dentures – whether partial or full – are basically replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into the mouth at an individual’s leisure. Unlike permanent dental prosthetics like crowns and bridges, dentures should not be left in the mouth 24/7. While they can certainly take some getting used to, they offer a wonderful solution for people who are missing teeth. Thanks to advanced in dental technology, dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.

Many people do not realize this, but there are actually two different types of dentures: partial and full. Your dentist will assess your oral health and situation, helping you to determine which option is best for your specific needs. Generally speaking, dentures are made from a natural-looking, flesh-colored acrylic base that is designed to fit over your gums. The top of the upper denture will fit over the roof of the mouth (palate) and the lower denture (shaped like a horseshoe) will fit around your tongue.

All dentures from Dr. Annette Van Natta’s dental clinic will be custom-built to fit each individual patient’s mouth and original tooth color. We will take impressions of your mouth and then determine which option is the best way to go. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to ask.

What Are Partial Dentures and Full Dentures?

As mentioned, there are a couple different types of dentures that you should be aware of, namely partial and full. Depending on your circumstances, Dr. Van Natta will suggest one over the other. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two main types:

  • Full Dentures

    • As you can likely gather, full dentures are designed to replace all of the teeth. This type of denture is typically recommended when a person has experienced major tooth loss, for one reason or another. Similar to partial dentures, full dentures sit closely to the gum line in order to remain in place.
  • Partial Dentures

    • Partial dentures are used to place just a few missing teeth, not all of them. If an individual is missing several teeth in a row, partial dentures may be recommended. They also sit on the gums to remain in place and they have clasps to fit around the remaining teeth which helps keep them in place.

To learn more about each type of denture, please feel free to contact your dentist today.

Am I A Candidate?

Missing teeth are not only aesthetically displeasing, but they can result in a wide range of health issues. If someone is missing one or more teeth, it may be a good idea to look into either partial or full dentures. When you have several teeth missing, chances are you have more to worry about than how great your smile looks. Missing teeth can cause the face to look sunken and lead to more serious dental and overall health issues. If you are missing numerous teeth in a row, please contact Dr. Van Natta today. As a well-respected dentist, Dr. Van Natta and her team is in place to answer any questions you may have and ensure you find the right solution for your dental concerns. Whether you are in need of partial or full dentures, we can help.