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Complete and Partial Dentures 101

October 20, 2021
Posted By: The Smile Shop

Contrary to popular belief, tooth loss doesn’t just affect older adults. People of all ages experience tooth loss for various reasons, such as injuries or medical conditions.

Because of advances in modern dentistry, numerous tooth-replacement options are as lifelike as natural teeth. One of the most effective and affordable tooth replacement options available is dentures. 

The Smile Shop offers natural-looking dentures that can improve your oral health, restore your teeth’s function, and enhance your smile’s appearance.  

Why You May Need Dentures 

Living with missing teeth can hinder a person’s daily function. Without the support of our teeth, activities like chewing, biting, and speaking can be difficult and uncomfortable. Tooth loss also poses a health risk and is often associated with gum disease, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Dentures restore your ability to bite and chew your food, clearly enunciate words, and socialize without worry. 

Types of Dentures and How They Work

Supported by existing gum tissue and bone, dentures replace several missing teeth in the lower or upper arches of the mouth. There are three main types of dentures: complete, partial, and implant-supported. Complete and partial dentures are removable, while implant-support dentures are semi-permanent.  

Complete Dentures 

Complete dentures replace all teeth in the mouth. Two common types of complete dentures include immediate and conventional. 

  • Immediate dentures are pre-made for instant restoration, so they do not offer a customized fit. 
  • Conventional dentures are made to fit your mouth’s specific shade and contours, enhancing comfort and function. For conventional dentures, your dentist takes impressions of your smile and creates the dentures for you. 

Partial Dentures 

Partial dentures are an excellent option for missing teeth but still have some natural ones remaining. These dentures consist of prosthetic teeth secured to a gum-colored base. The base is fixed in the mouth, relying on neighboring teeth and the gums for support. 

Implant-Supported Dentures 

Implant-supported dentures are permanent, as the dental implants hold the dentures in place. This tooth-replacement option can be used as complete or partial dentures. 

Cost of Dentures

The cost of your denture depends on each patient’s needs, the type of denture, dental insurance, and other factors. 

Adjusting to Dentures 

It may feel awkward when you first start wearing dentures but rest assured your mouth will adapt. Your gums may feel sore, but once you grow accustomed to the denture’s weight, size, and shape, they will feel like a natural part of your smile. 

Here are some of the most common things you may notice about your new dentures:

  • Increased saliva flow
  • Tender gums 
  • Bulky feeling in the mouth 
  • Initial difficulty talking and eating

Again, it takes some time to get used to wearing dentures, but patience is key. Ultimately, your dentures will help you chew, speak, laugh, and smile with ease. 

Call Us about Dentures in Durham, NC

Do you want to complete your smile with dentures? If so, please contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation. 

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