RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2012) - Many people are unsure about their options when considering dentures. Both partial and full dentures offer a good solution for missing teeth. Best of all, you can enjoy eating and smiling again without being self-conscious. But, what are the differences between these types of dentures, and which is right for you?
Partial dentures are an option when some healthy teeth remain. Partials are removable and sometimes called a removable bridge. They differ from fixed bridges, which are permanently attached to the adjacent remaining teeth. Using an acrylic or metal frame, partials have small clasps that snap onto to your remaining teeth and fill in the spaces with denture teeth.
Full dentures are a solution when all the teeth are missing or will be removed. When the upper and/or lower teeth are already missing, your dentist will create what's called a traditional denture. If you need tooth extractions, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth before removing the teeth. He or she will place an immediate denture in your mouth following the extractions.
After complete healing, you may need a traditional denture to replace the immediate. If the appearance and function of the immediate denture are acceptable, the denture can be relined (refitted) to the healed gums.
Immediate dentures will need adjustments as your gum tissue and jawbone heal from the extractions; however, all dentures require periodic adjustments. Dentures should be relined about every two to three years and replaced every five to seven years. Without natural teeth, the remaining bone level will shrink, which causes dentures to become loose and fit poorly over time.
There are many reasons for tooth loss, but it's important that you don't delay in getting treatment. Missing teeth can cause a number of oral health problems. A nearby Affordable Dentures dentist can help you decide which denture option is best for you.
Whether you need full dentures, partial dentures, or other dental services, Affordable Dentures can help. With an on-site dental lab at each location, you'll receive your new dentures faster and at more affordable fees. In addition to dentures and partial dentures, we also perform tooth extractions, and many practices offer the Denture Stabilization system, or Mini Dental Implant services.
About Affordable Dentures
Affordable Dentures was founded in 1975 and today is the one of the largest denture-services providers in the U.S. with over 185 affiliated practices in 38 states. Each practice is individually owned and operated by a licensed, general dentist to provide quality, affordable dentures crafted to each patient's treatment needs, delivered with the highest levels of professionalism and care. More than six million patients have received services from an Affordable Dentures affiliated practice.
For more information about Affordable Dentures-affiliated practices and services, please visit www.affordabledentures.com. To learn more about practice ownership and career opportunities, visit www.affordabledentures.com/careers.