Full and Partial Dentures

How Dentures Can Improve Your Oral Health

At Brocks Gap Dentistry, we offer full and partial dentures. Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing or removed teeth, while full dentures are used to replace all of your teeth. Dentures can not only improve your smile, but they can also improve your experiences while eating and speaking. Gum disease, other dental issues, sports accidents, or other types of trauma can all cause a loss of teeth.

When someone needs a full row of teeth to be replaced, this is when they would receive full dentures. Dentures, whether full or partial, are always custom-made to fit the needs of each patient. After an impression is taken of your mouth for your dentures to be made, you will likely, especially in the case with full dentures, receive what are called immediate dentures. These are temporary dentures for use while your gums heal—if you have had teeth removed—and while you wait for your custom ones to be made.

There are three main types of full dentures:

  • Conventional Removable Dentures
  • Immediate Dentures
  • Implant-Supported Dentures

We have already discussed the first two. Implant-supported dentures are non-removable and anchored into your jaw. This type of denture performs like your natural teeth, and they help you to maintain better oral health.

Are dentures right for you?

When you receive new dentures, whether partial or full, activities such as eating and speaking might take some time getting used to. You may also experience some irritation or unusual amounts of saliva in your mouth. This is perfectly normal.

Partial dentures are used when there are still teeth on the lower or upper jaw. They tend to have a thin metal framework that helps support your original teeth and keep the new teeth secure. Partial dentures also help to prevent your natural teeth from moving or shifting to fill the spaces left by missing teeth.

As with full dentures, there are various types of partial dentures. Consult with our dental team to understand the differences and benefits of removable partial dentures and implant-supported dentures.

Likewise, care for both partial and full dentures is essentially the same for both. It includes:

  • Removal of dentures after eating, so they can be rinsed
  • Cleaning your mouth when your dentures are not in
  • Brushing your dentures at least once daily to prevent stains
  • Regular dental check-ups
  • Soaking them overnight when they are not in use (keeping them moist helps them keep their shape) in either water or the recommended denture-soaking solution

Some adjustments may need to be made with your removable dentures to get the best fit. Over time, additional adjustments to your removable dentures may need to be made, as well.

Implant-supported dentures last much longer and require less adjustment.

Mouth Guards

If you’ve ever woken up with unusual amounts of jaw pain or have noticed that your teeth are wearing down over time, you may be experiencing what is known as bruxism, which is excessive grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw.

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