What’s The Difference Between A Full And Partial Denture?

If you have lost several of your teeth, or possibly all of them, then you need a prosthetic to restore your ability to eat and avoid complications, such as changes to your facial structure. In order to replace missing teeth, your Omaha, NE, dentist can create and place a custom-made removable denture, such as a full or a partial.

The Risks Associated with Tooth Loss

When you lose a tooth, or several, the body notices and in response, suspends the flow of both calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing tooth root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue weakens and breaks down, losing mass and density. Over time, this could mean further tooth loss and for some, an aged appearance, including sunken cheeks and a ptotic chin. Lack of teeth could also lead to difficulty eating, and many are forced to rely on only soft foods and end up depriving themselves of vitamins and nutrients. Others have trouble speaking clearly, or could be more likely to develop TMJ disorder and bruxism as the jaw joint undergoes pressure due to tooth loss.

Partial Denture

A partial is great for people with significant tooth loss, especially if the gaps are spread out across the arch, but not severe enough to warrant a full set of dentures. We will take detailed impressions and images of the smile to help with the design and fabrication process. The prosthetic will contain new teeth made from lifelike ceramic, which absorbs bite forces and offers a lifelike appearance, set into a base created to look like gum tissue. There will be metal clasps that attach to the natural teeth and secure your new ones firmly in place. With proper care and attention, they can last between 5 and 10 years before requiring replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape.

Full Denture

A full is created based on detailed impressions and images we take of your smile. However, this prosthetic will contain a full row of lifelike teeth. Again, there will be an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue, but instead of using clasps to stay in place, natural suction will anchor your new smile in place. If you have any questions about how we create and place a set of dentures, or if you have lost several natural teeth, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Loss and Prosthetic Dentistry?

We can help you enjoy a sturdy smile that allows you to smile with confidence and eat your favorite foods again. To learn more about addressing missing teeth, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.