Dentures are a great option for many people who are missing some or all of their teeth, as tens of millions of Americans are. They are cost-effective, easy to use, and straightforward to receive. At Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re proud to bring you a variety of different dentures to address all of your oral health needs. Two of the most common types are full dentures and partial dentures.
Full dentures are the kind you’re probably familiar with, a full set of removable teeth. Typically, these are for patients with none of their teeth on the top or bottom of their jaw. Sometimes, this might mean extracting any remaining teeth so that the dentures can form a seal with your gums, holding them in place. Other dentures are actually more like dental implants. This is when screw-like rods are implanted in your jawbone, actually anchoring the dentures in place so that they can’t be removed. Implant-anchored dentures give you far greater reliability and durability.
Partial dentures can work a lot like full dentures, except that they’re designed to work for patients who still have some of their natural teeth left. While the advantage of full dentures is clear - you have teeth again! - the benefit of partial dentures might not be as immediately obvious, especially if you are only missing one or two teeth. But even just one missing tooth can have severe health impacts. The remaining teeth can become more easily misaligned, while the bone beneath shrinks. Without a tooth to support and continuously stimulate the bone, you will start losing bone volume as soon as the loss occurs - up to 25% within the first year! Partial dentures are a way to preserve the jawbone and your overall oral health.
Which Type of Dentures Are Right for Me?
The only way we can be certain which type of denture is best for you, is to come into our office for an exam and consultation. However, there are still a few general guidelines that can help you decide which might be the best option for you. If you’re only missing a handful of your teeth, and the rest are in good condition or are easily treatable, then a partial denture is typically the best choice. You should consider opting instead for full dentures if all of your teeth are missing. Even if you still have some of your teeth, if they’re sufficiently damaged, decayed, or are otherwise too unhealthy to be saved, then extracting them to make room for a full denture will likely be beneficial.
With So Many Options, Why Wait?
Missing teeth can be a crushing experience. Not just when you have to avoid certain foods, but any time you’re talking or when it comes time for that holiday picture. But with dentures, you can get your confidence and your smile back. Call Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry at (657) 341-0808 and set up your consultation today!