Restorative Dentistry: Full vs. Partial Dentures

Dec 29, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by drmori

Close-up of a partial dentureTypically, the word “dentures” conjures up images of a full set of false teeth. You may even picture a loose, unnatural looking restoration worn by a parent or grandparent. With today’s restorative dentistry innovations, you have many more options. Dr. Mormino offers both full and partial dentures. Full dentures will replace all of your teeth. Partial dentures will replace several neighboring teeth, connecting to your remaining natural teeth for support. Dr. Mormino also provides traditional and implant-supported restorations. Following an evaluation, he will explain the pros and cons of each option so you can choose the right type of dentures for you. To find out if full or partial dentures are right for you, contact our Staten Island, NY practice today.

Full vs. Partial Removable Dentures

Full dentures will replace all of your top or bottom teeth. Our lab will craft your new teeth from the latest dental material. Not only will it match the natural shade of your smile; it will also provide a slight translucence and twinkle that is virtually identical to dental enamel. The teeth will sit on a plastic base, carefully chosen to match the color of your gums. Because our on-site lab will use impressions of your alveolar ridge, your denture will fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. Often, we can provide full dentures in a single day.

Partial dentures are made from the same materials as full dentures. Like full restorations, the base will match your gums and the synthetic teeth will look highly lifelike. Because you will still have some remaining healthy teeth, your restoration will connect to those teeth with tiny metal clips. Our lab will carefully conceal the attachment pieces so that they will be barely noticeable.

Full vs. Partial Implant-supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are permanent restorations. They rest on tiny implant posts, which will fuse with your bone tissue to replace your tooth roots. Because the implants will integrate with your jawbone, the dentures will never move around in your mouth. The posts will also stimulate new bone growth, so you will not have to worry about bone recession, additional tooth loss, or a changed appearance.

Full implant-supported dentures will rest on four or more posts. Dr. Mormino will take x-rays and scans to make sure that the implants are in the strongest and most suitable positions. Partial implant-supported dentures will need at least two posts for complete support. If you have a larger restoration, you may require additional implants.

Which Type of Dentures Is Right for You?

The number of teeth you are missing will determine which size restoration is right for you. Your candidacy for implants will depend on your overall wellness and the structure of your jawbone. You must be in good health to receive implants, since an autoimmune or blood disorder could affect your healing. If you have suffered bone recession as a result of tooth loss, the implants may not have enough support. Fortunately, however, a bone grafting procedure can often restore your implant candidacy.

Contact Dr. Mormino’s Office Today

Learn more about the various types of dentures and find out which type may be right for you. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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