What else would be the better solution to dentures? Getting implants are expensive however, bridges are expensive too. This is why dentures are a popular solution to dental problems. No one can say that dentures are the best comfortable things to be put on but they serve their purpose as promised. Still, discussion of what dentures are is very important. In this article, you will know what dentures are and what the differences between full and partial dentures are.

Dentures in a Nutshell

Dentures are essentially the replacement for the teeth you’ve lost. They can be worn so they can also be taken off. A denture is made with acrylic base that is colored like your gums and placed over them. It has a roof that covers your palate and, to accommodate your tongue, it has a bottom which is shaped like that of a horseshoe. Of course, dentures are shaped according to what you mouth actually is to avoid weird fitting. Dentists get an impression of what your mouth is shaped like and then they determine whether you should get a Full or a Partial denture.

Full Dentures: Conventional and Immediate

Conventional dentures require your mouth to be blank. The rest of the teeth are removed and after they heal, measurements take in prior visit will determine the shape and size of your dentures. Since healing may take several months, there will be a period where you will not be having teeth. This is countered by having immediate full dentures. The process is the same but without waiting for the healing to be done, an immediate denture is placed. The downside of immediate dentures is primarily the repetitive relining. Since the healing process isn’t done, the structure of the bone that supports the teeth changes as it heals, so to not let it come loose, relining must be done.

Partial Dentures

Unlike full dentures, this only replaces parts of the teeth set that have been taken out so it does not require removal of all your teeth. It rests on metal structures which attach to real and natural teeth and to prevent falling out or becoming loose, crowns are sometimes placed at those teeth as anchors. This basically is a removable version of bridges. Bridges however, are non-removable as they cemented with natural teeth. This way, bridges can only be removed by a dentist so you will be forced to get used to it, giving the partial dentures the advantage of being removable when times need you to remove them.

When new to dentures, you may experience difficulty in speaking. Excessive saliva and not having enough room for your tongue seem to be common problems for having dentures. Though, if you experience irritations and soreness, you should consult your dentists. Indeed, dentures may become very awkward for the first few months and they also have to be relined, remade, and rebased (make a new base with same teeth set) through time. Though it may take getting used to, getting dentures is a solution to get that self-confidence boosted immediately.