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Dentures – Complete & Partials
Millions of Americans rely on dentures to replace a smile that they have lost. They are an efficient, cost-effective way of delivering chewing, better speech, and a confident smile. At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we work with many patients who are in need of dentures. Here is what there is to know about partial and complete dentures.
How Dentures Restore a Smile
Dentures are custom made false teeth that fit over the gums - no surgery is required outside of tooth extractions necessary for fitting a full set of dentures. They are able to be made from different materials but our personal favorite is porcelain for full dentures due to their top-class durability and how shockingly and accurately they appear as natural teeth, thanks to the translucent, shiny appearance.
They can also be from acrylic resin, which is the more popular material overall due to its affordability. Whichever you choose, the main thing that is important is that the dentures are comfortable and fit properly.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures serve a similar purpose to full dentures, but they replace a few or several missing teeth rather than a whole mouth’s worth of teeth. These also fit over the gums and they are attached to a metal wire that is hidden from view. The false tooth placement is dependent on where the missing teeth are. It can replace a row of teeth and/or replace teeth on opposite sides of the mouth. These can be an alternative to implants or bridges due to their cost benefits.
What Is It Like To use Dentures?
Using dentures for the first time is a little bit of a learning curve - but it will become second nature not long after wearing them daily. They are essentially an object placed in your mouth so the experience is not quite like natural teeth. You can’t actually feel the false teeth when they touch something directly - although your gums will feel the pressure as you bite down.
For someone who is truly undecided if they should use dentures or implants for full restoration of the teeth, one recommendation would be to try an affordable set of custom dentures for 3-6 months. If you are unhappy we can talk about the next best steps for you. It varies based on the individual, but generally, our patients become accustomed to dentures. Some wear them for the rest of their lives while others decide years later that they would like implants.
Choosing a Denture Best For You
There are dentures for everyone with a huge budget range to boot. We will help you select what dentures will work best for your intended purpose, whether it is partial or full dentures. Lower cost materials such as plastic and resin are great for getting used to dentures while materials such as porcelain are excellent for a long-term commitment. This is the tip of the iceberg, however. There is much more you can discuss with us at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with us, you can call our office at 704-629-8081.