Dentures are generally made from acrylic and are designed to look as natural as possible. Dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw and can be either full or partial.
Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures are used to replace some missing teeth. At Kiley A. Smith, DDS, both full and partial dentures are secured using dental adhesive and can be removed for cleaning.
The Difference Between Partial and Complete Dentures
Full dentures replace all teeth on either the top or bottom dental arch. Partial dentures fill in the gaps of missing teeth when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures generally are for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth. Partial dentures can be used for patients that have lost some or even all of their teeth. It’s best to talk to your dentist about your options for dentures and which ones are right for you.
If your teeth are loose, rotting, or infected, you should talk to your dentist about getting dentures. In many cases, tooth extraction and a denture replacement will give you back your smile and allow you to eat, speak, and smile more effectively.
The Benefits of Dentures
There are many advantages of dentures, including:
Missing teeth can cause your cheeks to sag, making you appear older. Dentures help fill out your face, improving your appearance.
Misplaced teeth can change the way you speak. Dentures help you communicate more commonly, making it easier to talk with others.
Without teeth, your jawbone will shrink, changing the shape of your face. Dentures help to keep the structure of your face in place.
Without teeth, it can be difficult to chew the foods you love. Dentures allow you to eat the foods you want, improving your quality of life.
Caring for Dentures
Most patients find that caring for their dentures is pretty simple. Be sure to rinse your dentures after eating to remove any food particles. You can also brush your denture using a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste.
It is also essential to rinse your dentures with water or a cleaning solution every night. You can place your dentures in a denture-soaking solution when not in use. This will help keep them moist and ready next time you need them.
To discover more about the advantages of dentures, contact Kiley A. Smith, DDS, at 1005 Marlandwood Rd Suite 104, Temple 76502, or call (254) 791-1010.