Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

What Is the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?

March 31, 2022
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Posted By: Byron L Carr, DMD, FAGD Team

Dealing with tooth loss can be depressing and challenging. On the one hand, you may feel self-conscious. On the other, you may be finding it difficult to enjoy a balanced diet and speak clearly. But did you know that missing teeth also impact your oral health?

Dentures and partials in Hemet, CA, are two of the tooth replacement options we offer.

Dentures and Partial Dentures Explained

Whether you need complete or partial dentures, you can count on quality materials and a customized prosthetic.

Partial dentures are gum-colored arches—uniquely shaded to look natural against your skin tone. The arches contain replacement teeth—also custom-colored—to fill the spaces where teeth are missing. Partial dentures depend on gravity, gum ridges, supporting teeth, and clips to remain stable on the gum.

Dentures are also entirely customized, but the arch is complete and meant to stand in for total tooth loss. Dentures depend on gravity and suction to stay in place.

Both partial and complete dentures are removable for cleaning and during sleep. For a fixed option, talk to Dr. Carr about implant-supported dentures. Usually, we use four to six dental implants to attach a denture to your jaw. This method eliminates the need for eventual adhesives and in-office relines.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures are affordable and restore your bite function, allowing for a more diverse and healthy diet. Partial dentures also help prevent tooth migration when worn throughout the day. Tooth migration means remaining teeth shifting to new convenient locations along the jaw. This can make bite alignment worse and eating even more of a challenge.

Quality and Affordable Tooth Replacement in Our Hemet Dental Office

If you want to learn more about our tooth replacement options, arrange a consultation today with Dr. Carr. And ask a member of our team about our exclusive In-House Dental Savings Plan, an excellent way to make affordable dentistry even more budget-friendly!  

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