If you are missing one or more teeth, you know the significant impact it can have on your everyday quality of life. Missing teeth not only affects one’s appearance but can also make it more difficult to chew food properly and can even affect your speech. If you are one of the 120 million Americans that the American College of Prosthodontists estimates is missing at least one tooth, you may be considering investing in dentures to rebuild your smile. But should you choose partial, full or implant-supported dentures? This blog post will break down everything you need to know about dentures in Melbourne.
Partial vs Full Dentures: The Key Differences
Partial dentures are an excellent choice for people who still have several or more healthy teeth remaining in their upper or lower jaw. Usually consisting of replacement teeth attached to a natural-looking gum-colored plastic base, removable partial dentures use small metal clasps to attach to the adjoining healthy teeth and remain in place. Partial dentures fill the missing gaps in a smile and can prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting.
Full dentures, on the other hand, are more suited for people who are missing all or nearly all of their upper or lower teeth. There are two types of full dentures: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures take 8 to 12 weeks to make and are created after any remaining teeth are removed and the gums have healed. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made in advance and immediately placed in the mouth once teeth have been removed. Adjustments to immediate dentures sometimes must be made once the gums have had time to heal and are often replaced eventually by conventional dentures.
Both partial and full dentures are custom-crafted to fit in the patient’s mouth securely and comfortably. For those who desire extra stability support, applying dental adhesive can further help prevent partial or full dentures from slipping while eating or speaking.
Implant-Supported Dentures Offer Superior Stability
Unlike regular dentures that rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures are supported by titanium rods that fuse directly with the jawbone. Special attachments on the dentures then snap onto attachments on the implants to remain firmly in place. Individuals with implant-supported dentures never have to stress about them becoming loose or falling out and can eat almost all their favorite foods without worry.
You may be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures in Melbourne if you do not have any teeth remaining in the jaw but enough jawbone to support implants. Implant-supported dentures are more commonly made for the lower jaw, where regular dentures are more prone to slip.
Now that you know the key differences among partial, full and implant-supported dentures you can talk with a dentist in Melbourne about which option may be right for you to restore your smile.
About the Author
Dr. Ronald E. Richardson has been providing family-friendly dentistry in Melbourne for over 25 years. Currently a board member of Florida’s Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Richardson is dedicated to restoring confident smiles through cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. If you want additional information regarding dentures, visit his website today or call the office at +1 321-723-3477.