Benefits of full and partial dentures

Full Dentures

Full dentures or complete dentures are used to replace all of your natural teeth. You can fit it either on your top or bottom gum line. The dentures held in place by suction or with any kind of oral adhesive. Like partial dentures, the full dentures too can be easily removed. In case you are planning to get dentures, you have a lot of options to choose from.

There are partial dentures, full dentures, implant dentures and flexible partial dentures. But while some would have a clear choice some would require various solutions to eventually restore their oral health. Your dentist can guide you through the process of selecting the appropriate dentures. In the meantime, here is a list of the advantages of opting for full dentures.

Benefits of Full Dentures

  • Recommended for people with no or very less salvageable teeth
  • Special care is needed to restore the health of the mouth – this includes removing damaged or diseased teeth, making sure the mouth is free from pain and from healing the infections – full dentures are a good option in such cases
  • Full dentures are also a great way to restore oral health for people who have chronic or severe tooth problems
  • They help to fill out your face which may appear sunken due to lack of teeth
  • It provides more confidence and offers a healthier and younger appearance
  • Restores the ability to eat a wide variety of foods which would ultimately help improve overall health

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used often instead of tooth replacement methods. They are best when the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support structures just like dental bridges or when more than two teeth go missing. Partial dentures get fixed on part of the gum line and get fastened to the adjacent teeth to keep them from falling out. They are not fastened permanently and can easily be taken off whenever required, to either clean or while sleeping. Let’s look at the advantages of opting for this type of dentures.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

  • Partial dentures can replace a single tooth or few teeth
  • They are less costly when compared to full dentures
  • Partial dentures quickly restore the aesthetics of your mouth and fill the gaps in your smile
  • There is no need for waiting for a longer time when compared to full dentures. You might even get it fixed on the same day
  • Protects the health of your remaining teeth
  • Prevents the natural teeth from shifting or weakening
  • Prevents over-use of one side of the mouth which may cause damage or wear and tear of the teeth

Cleaning Your Dentures

Irrespective of the type of dentures you use – all dentures need to be cleaned regularly, just like how you would care for your regular teeth. Even if the dentures are made of artificial teeth, factors that affect the normal teeth like bacteria, tartar and plaque might still build up on them and can harm the artificial gums and teeth.

To clean the dentures, run clean water over them to dislodge any food particles stuck between the teeth, gum line or underneath the dentures. With the help of a soft toothbrush, brush the

entire dentures using denture cleaner or mild soap. Make sure not to use any other cleaners, electric toothbrushes or the regular toothpaste to clean the dentures as they can be too abrasive and might end up damaging the denture materials. Rinse the dentures well once you finish cleaning.

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