The Difference Between Full And Partial Dentures

December 26, 2019

Dentures help people with more severe cases of tooth loss enjoy a full, functional, and attractive smile. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist takes a look at the causes of tooth loss and how we can help return your smile to optimal function and beauty. We’re also going to explain the difference between our full and partial dentures.

Creating Your New Smile

A denture replaces missing teeth and helps restore your ability to eat your favorite foods, smile with confidence, and avoid the complications of living with tooth loss. To create them, we first take a series of detailed impressions, measurements, and images of your smile. We use the information to design a prosthetic that fits comfortably and reflects your overall facial structure. Each denture will contain a base created from acrylic that looks like gum tissue. The new teeth will be crafted from durable and lifelike materials, such a ceramic, which can absorb bite forces and be shaded to look natural. Each set lasts about 5 to 10 years and will need to cleaned and soaked regularly. They need replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape over time.


Now that you know how we craft them, what’s the difference between a full and partial? Well, as the name implies a full addresses every tooth on one or both of your arches. The prosthetic contains a full row of teeth and will be held in place with suction, although some people also use a special adhesive to anchor them in place. To stimulate jawbone growth and help them last longer, we may suggest securing them with dental implants, providing a fixed version that never slips, but still looks and functions like natural teeth.


A partial is for people with gaps spread across their smile, but not enough to require a full prosthetic. The denture will contain an acrylic base with your new teeth attached, as well as metal clasps that actually connect to remaining natural teeth to secure your new ones in place. Again, you will need to remove them for soaking and cleaning unless they’re being secured with dental implants. The version we suggest will depend on the extent of your tooth loss and the health of your smile. To learn more and seek replacement for your lost teeth, then contact our team to schedule a consultation. Let’s start 2020 on our way to full and beautiful smiles!

Ready for a Complete Smile?

If you have lost multiple teeth then you should see our office for possible solutions. We have lifelike prosthetics that can provide durable and dependable tooth replacement. In addition, we can discuss treatment options to help prevent the loss of your natural teeth! To schedule an appointment and discuss prosthetic options, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.


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