RESTORE YOUR SMILE, SPEECH, AND CONFIDENCE WITH DENTURES!
We want all of our patients to feel confident with their smiles. If you’ve suffered tooth loss, it can affect many aspects of your daily life including talking with loved ones and eating your favorite meals. We offer full and partial dentures in Point Pleasant to replace missing teeth and help you restore your confidence and smile
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL AND PARTIAL DENTURES?
The difference between full and partial dentures is just how it sounds: full dentures replace all of your teeth while partial dentures replace a few missing teeth. Besides the number of teeth they replace, full and partial dentures don’t have many differences.
Both full and partial dentures are completely removable. You’ll need to take them out to clean them, and it’s recommended to keep them out while you sleep to avoid additional buildup of bacteria.
Whether you’re missing all of your natural teeth or just a couple, dentures could be a great treatment option!
Full dentures, or complete dentures, are used to replace all of your teeth. Whether you lost your teeth due to natural causes or need tooth extraction due to gum disease or tooth decay, full dentures serve as a great way to restore your full smile! They’re custom-made to fit your mouth’s shape, size, and natural tooth color.
There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional dentures – conventional dentures can’t be placed in your mouth until about 8-12 weeks after your teeth have been removed. You need to fully heal following tooth extraction before we can accurately install your set of conventional dentures. This means you’ll be without teeth for a few months while everything heals.
- Immediate dentures – unlike conventional dentures, you don’t need to wait for your mouth to heal with immediate dentures! They can be placed the same day your teeth were removed. The downside to this is that, during the healing process, your teeth, gums, and jaw may shift a bit, causing your dentures to either feel too loose or too tight. We can realign your dentures as needed once you’re fully healed.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Even if you’ve just lost one tooth, a gap can make it difficult to smile and chew properly. It’s recommended to fill any gaps from missing teeth so that your remaining teeth don’t shift out of place.
Partial dentures attach fake teeth to a metal base that wraps around your surrounding teeth. The metal base is coated in gum-colored acrylic that blends in with your natural smile. While this might sound uncomfortable, they’re created to be a perfect fit!
DENTURES VS DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dentures and dental implants serve the same purpose: to restore your smile after tooth loss, helping you chew food and improving speech. That said, there are a few major differences between dentures and dental implants.
Unlike dentures, dental implants still require enough healthy bone to attach the implant to. If there’s severe tooth decay or other issues with your roots, dental implants might not be an option for you. Also, dental implants tend to be more expensive than dentures. So, if you’re looking for the more affordable, less invasive option, dentures are going to be the better choice!
DENTURE MAINTENANCE TIPS
Think of dentures as an extension of your regular teeth — they still require attention and daily maintenance. You need to keep them clean to avoid the risk of bacteria, infections, and other potential health issues.
Here are a few tips on keeping your dentures clean:
- Take your dentures out and rinse them (with cool water!) after eating
- Brush them at least once every day with denture cleaner and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Always clean your mouth with a toothbrush after removing dentures
- Soak your dentures overnight in a solution of water and denture solution
- Visit our dental office in Point Pleasant if your dentures feel too loose or too tight, as this could cause additional complications
DENTURES IN POINT PLEASANT, NJ
If you’re considering dentures or dental implants, contact our dental office in Point Pleasant, NJ! Our experienced staff can help you figure out which option is best for you based on your oral health, budget, and smile goals. Book a visit or call us at 732-714-1030 for more information!