Have you lost some or even all of your teeth? From gum disease to injuries, there are many potential causes of tooth loss, but more importantly, there are also several solutions! In fact, one of the best things about modern dentistry is that you have so many choices when it comes to replacing your teeth and restoring your smile. In this blog, we’ll focus on the differences between partial, full and implant-retained dentures in Oak Hill and how to know which one is right for you. Keep reading to learn more!
A partial denture is a removable appliance with false teeth attached to either a plastic base or metal framework. It fits around the existing teeth with clasps and fills in the spaces where you’re missing teeth.
If you have at least a couple of natural teeth remaining on the upper or lower arch, this is one option that might work for you.
A traditional full denture is a removable appliance that includes the full complement of teeth on either the upper or lower arch. It fits in the mouth by way of suction and denture adhesive.
One drawback to this choice is that the bone mass in the jaw is lost over time because there are no longer roots present. Roots actually signal the body to maintain bone levels, so when they’re missing the jaws shrink in size. This can have a couple of different side effects.
First, the facial structure changes over time, which can lead to a sunken-in appearance in the cheeks. Second, traditional dentures will eventually stop fitting the way they once did because the jawbone shrinks and becomes smaller.
With this option, usually just four implants are placed in the jaw so that a full denture can be attached. Since the implants take the place of missing roots, they’ll maintain the bone mass so that the denture continues to fit well over time.
In addition, this kind of denture offers dramatically improved strength, function and chewing power than regular dentures. You won’t experience any slips with implant-retained dentures and there’s no messy adhesive to use.
WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Clearly, dentures aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution! The best way to understand which option will work the best for you is to schedule a consultation with a dentist in Oak Hill. They’ll look at your unique situation and take into account a variety of factors before making a recommendation.
Now that you know a bit more about each option, you’ll be able to ask the right questions to determine the best treatment plan for you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Jack Fan is a general, restorative and cosmetic dentist in Oak Hill who loves being able to offer his patients a wide variety of options for replacing teeth. He understands that everyone has unique needs and goals, and creates individualized treatment plans to serve each patient the best. If you have any questions, he can be reached via his website or at (512) 361-4288.