12 Dec

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

Missing teeth can leave a big impact on your lifestyle and overall confidence– And choosing a method of tooth replacement can be pretty confusing, especially when there are so many options available. For many individuals, full and partial dentures are an ideal choice. In this blog, we’re diving into both! 

What are Dentures?

Dentures, loosely known as false teeth, are removable teeth that fit over the gums to replace missing teeth. They are used to remedy certain discomforts that arise due to missing teeth, such as problems with eating, confidence and common lifestyle choices. Dentures are made of artificial materials like nylon, metal, or plastic. They are comfortable, and are custom made to fit your natural appearance.  

Types of dentures?

Two primary types of dentures exist depending on the magnitude of your tooth loss or the severity of your condition. Essentially they are full and partial dentures.

The difference between full and partial dentures

Full dentures

You will most likely require full dentures if something has happened to all of your upper or lower teeth. Full dentures are usually a set of teeth per jawline, and are designed to mimc the look and function of your natural smile. Its important to note, if you previously had full dentures and want to replace an old set, there is a chance that time would have altered the shape of your jawbones or jawline. However, if it is your first time getting full dentures, you won’t be needing any realignment–Just a direct smile replacement!

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are designed to replace gaps due to one or more missing teeth, and come in a variety of materials ranging from nylon, to plastic, or metal. Essentially, partial dentures are for addressing a few missing teeth vs an entire smile. They are more temporary than full dentures and clasp unto your other teeth through a gum-like attachment.