Full Dentures vs Partial Dentures – Which is Right For you?

In case you have missing teeth and you need to fix the issue as soon as possible, the best option is to get a denture.  There are two types of dentures – full and partial, as each of them features different advantages. However, despite the limited choice, many people are still not sure which option is the best for them. Therefore, let’s take a look at both types and make it easier to get an idea which one will be best for different scenarios.

What is a full denture?

Full or complete denture is usually used when the majority of your teeth are missing or removed due to various reasons. This type of denture is used when the patient is suffering from both upper and lower teeth removal and needs immediate replacement. There are two main types, which differ mostly due to time commitment. Hence, conventional full dentures are used after around 3 months have passed from the actual teeth removal and the gums have healed.

On the other hand, if you want immediate fix on your missing teeth, it will be beneficial to choose the immediate full dentures. Compared to the conventional type, this one is produced in advance, before the actual removal of the teeth. However, it is quite clear that this type has its disadvantages as well. This is mainly because, if the denture is installed immediately, the gums will not have enough time to heal. What is more, in the healing period, the bones of the jaw are adjusting as well, hence, the denture will require regular adjustment to make sure the patient is comfortable.

People that might need to avail of the services of full dentures are mostly people that have or will soon, lose all or most of their teeth. For example, many elderly people need full dentures, as well as people who have suffered from significant teeth removal operations.

What is a partial denture?

Partial dentures or also called bridges are used when only one or a few of the patient’s teeth are missing and all the other ones are healthy and usable. Needless to say, this is because the teeth that are strong and healthy have much more life ahead of them and there is no point to remove them. However, in cases in which for example, one tooth is missing, the best option is to get a partial denture. What this procedure is aiming at is to fill in the empty space by attaching fake teeth, using crowns, to the healthy ones. After that, the whole construction is cemented so it does not move. Therefore, this type of partial denture is non-removable, which makes it less desirable to people. Yet, if you want the opposite, you can simply get a precision partial denture, which instead of getting cemented, is attached with the help of metal frames, to the remaining teeth. As a result, you get a removable denture, which has a more natural look.

A variety of people can require partial dentures but generally those are people that are missing one or a few of their teeth but still have the majority healthy. For instance, people who have suffered severe tooth decay or people who have had a sports injury(e.g. Football players, Boxing players, etc.).

On the whole, if you think you need assistance, with any of those issues, and require professional help, or you simply want to learn more about the different denture types, contact your local denture specialist as soon as possible.