Full Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures

Full Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures
Dentures are a common way to restore smiles that have suffered from tooth loss. Whether you are missing a few teeth or many teeth, dentures can restore the appearance and function of your teeth so that you can smile with confidence. Our Northridge dentist can help you decide if full or partial dentures are right for you.

Partial dentures are designed to replace a few teeth. They are made with prosthetic teeth on a gum-colored base or frame to match your remaining natural teeth along with metal attachments that allow them to be attached securely to your other teeth. In some cases, precision attachments are used to create a closer fit with greater security.

Full dentures are used when you are missing an entire arch of teeth. They consist of the prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. This base is designed to fit securely over your gums. Full dentures allow you to continue eating comfortably, speaking confidently and sharing your smile with everyone you love without fear.

Both full and partial dentures can be secured using dental implants for greater stability. Contact our expert in dentures in Northridge today to learn more about available tooth restoration options or to schedule your consultation.

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What are Partial Dentures?

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Partial dentures are designed to replace one or several missing teeth. They are generally recommended if you still have some or most of your own natural teeth remaining. Unlike full dentures, which rest against your gums, partial dentures are designed to attach to your natural teeth using metal clasps. Our West Hollywood dentist can determine if you are a candidate for partial dentures.

If you are a candidate for partial dentures, you may need two or more dental appointments to design and place them. At the initial appointment, your smile will be examined, and records such as dental impressions and X-rays may be taken. The shades of your teeth will be evaluated for a precise match to your new restoration. Once your partial is ready, you will return to have it checked for fit and appearance. It may need to be adjusted for a comfortable fit. Partial dentures that are bonded permanently to abutment teeth or dental implants are known as fixed dental bridges. These may be appropriate for patients who want a more permanent solution. Good dental hygiene will keep your smile healthy and your partial denture free of bacteria buildup.

Contact our expert in dentures in West Hollywood today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.