Full and Partial Dentures Minneapolis
If you’re missing teeth, you probably don’t like to smile, and we think that’s a shame. A big gap in your smile leads to lowered self-esteem and can cause you to avoid social interactions and inhibit your ability to enjoy life. Missing teeth also make it much tougher to speak clearly, and even eating is difficult when there aren’t enough stable teeth to chew properly.
Missing teeth can also cause you to look older because of a lack of support of the cheek and lip, which causes your face to take on a sunken appearance. Removable full or partial dentures can help restore your smile and improve your quality of life.
What’s the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?
Full dentures are a prosthetic tooth replacement that we would use when all your teeth are missing. Partial dentures make use of remaining teeth by attaching them with hooks or clasps. Both are very useful dental treatments, and the type we choose depends on the condition and number of teeth present.
Will I Have to Go Without Teeth While Waiting for Dentures?
An "immediate denture" is made before the removal of teeth and placed on the day that the teeth are extracted. In this case, it’s often necessary to use a soft material to reline the dentures as the site heals.
Once healing is complete and the bone has reached a stable level, the dentures will probably require a “hard reline,” a process where some of the acrylic inside the denture is removed to create a snug fit with your gums. We may also recommend this process if you’re wearing older dentures that don’t fit properly
Are Dentures Comfortable?
Anyone who starts wearing dentures will experience an adjustment period. New dentures always feel a little awkward and bulky at first, and you will need some time to get used to speaking and eating with them.
With full dentures, the uppers are usually more stable than the lowers because that they cover more surface area, allowing for a more secure fit. Lowers tend to be less stable since they cover the smaller area, and movement of the tongue can unseat the denture. If this is a concern, a good solution is to have dental implants placed to give the denture something solid for attachment.
How Long Can I Expect My Dentures to Last?
There is a lot of variability in determining how long your denture will last. Depending on how you care for your dentures, they can last for decades.
Your diet, rate of bone loss, biting force, and the quality of your at-home dental care all affect the longevity of your dentures. If you're currently wearing dentures that are loose and no longer feel stable, chances are that it’s time to consider having a reline done or a new denture made.
Dentures are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth. But you do have other options, and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you, answer your questions, and talk to you about the advantages of each.
Please call Mill District Dental to arrange a convenient consultation.