Partial vs. Full Dentures: Understanding the Difference

By Dr. Damon on October 16, 2018

Full traditional dentures on solid blue surfacePatients experiencing substantial tooth loss can benefit from dentures at our Richardson, TX dental clinic. These custom appliances can effectively restore your bite and chewing function, as well as prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.

Our team at the Texas Dental Center discuss partial vs. full dentures so you can make an informed decision regarding your long-term oral health.

About Full Dentures

Full traditional dentures can be made from a range of materials, including acrylic resin and ceramic. These appliances are designed to fit over the gums while being supported by the underlying bone ridge.

Full dentures are designed to restore a full arch of missing teeth, and can be made for the upper, lower, or both jaws, depending on your particular needs.

Who Is Eligible for Full Dentures?

In general, full dentures are recommended for patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth. Extractions may be necessary before denture placement, especially if there are remaining teeth affected by decay, disease, or damage.

This treatment option is usually recommended for those who do not qualify for a partial denture due to extensive tooth loss.

About Partial Dentures

Like full dentures, partial dentures can also be fabricated from an array of materials. Used to fill in gaps left behind by missing teeth, partial dentures are secured in place by the adjacent teeth and supporting jawbone.

Additional stability is achieved through the use of small dental clasps that wrap around the neighboring teeth for optimal results.

Who Is Eligible for Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are an option for patients who are missing several teeth in various locations.

This type of appliance is ideal for individuals who do not qualify for implants or other restorative procedures.

In general, these patients still have a few teeth remaining, but not enough healthy structure to attach a traditional bridge.

The Stability of Traditional Dentures

Overall, full and partial dentures offer enough stability to accommodate the unique needs of our patients. Your custom appliance will be designed according to your dental anatomy, offering a secure and comfortable fit.

Over time, however, the underlying bone ridge will begin to shrink. As a result, your denture may not fit as well as it once did. For this reason, we recommend occasional relines and adjustments to keep your appliance in good shape.

Implant-supported Dentures

Patients who desire additional stability for their prostheses can benefit from implant-supported dentures.

These removable appliances are secured by dental implants instead of the jawbone. As a result, they stay in place when eating and speaking, significantly reducing the amount of shifting and movement.

 At Texas Dental Center, we offer implant-supported partial and full dentures. During a consultation at our practice, we can help you establish the right treatment plan for you.

Contact Texas Dental Center for More Information

Are you missing several or all of your teeth? If so, it can seriously hinder your confidence as well as your oral health. To explore your treatment options, contact us online or call our office at (817) 336-2121 (Fort Worth) or (972) 808-6008 (Richardson).

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