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On March 24th, 2020 by Wade Klimpke

Partial & Complete Dentures: Which Is Right for You?

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smiling woman with complete dentures

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are an option for patients that require replacements for their natural teeth and gums. Decay, disease, and other factors may cause you to lose teeth or need tooth extractions, and dentures may provide an option that allows you to eat and speak comfortably.

Dentures are available in two types; partial and complete. With either type, your denturist will make a specially formulated model of your teeth by taking impressions so they can then make custom-fitted dentures.

graphic show a complete denture on the left and a partial denture on the right

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are a suitable option when you still have one or more healthy natural teeth. To give your mouth a rest, you should remove your partial dentures every night before bed. 

Partial dentures feature artificial teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured base with a metal framework that helps to keep the denture anchored in the mouth. They usually have clasps that attach to adjacent crowns on remaining natural teeth, providing a stable fit and natural appearance.

Fixed Partial Denture

You can refer to some permanent or fixed dentures as a “bridge.” A bridge can fill in spaces of missing teeth by using dental implants or crowns and attaching artificial teeth to them. The artificial teeth are then cemented into place and can help prevent other teeth from moving.

a graphic showing how a fixed partial denture is attached with implants and crowns

Complete Dentures

Complete (or “full”) dentures are a good option when all your natural teeth are missing. When you get new dentures, it may take some time to get used to them, and you may experience mild discomfort. 

Complete dentures are removable and stay in place by suction, although you may want to use adhesive for peace of mind. 

Based on your situation and your denturist’s advice, you may want to opt for conventional or immediate dentures.

If you need to have any teeth extracted, you can have immediate dentures fitted and placed right away following the removal. However, due to bone and gum shrinkage that may occur as your gums heal, you may need to have them refitted and adjusted.

Conventional dentures are another option but must be fitted after your gums have healed. They usually do not need adjustments and are comfortable to wear.

Denture Care

Care for your dentures just like natural teeth, or you risk a buildup of plaque and tartar. If not properly cleaned regularly, your dentures can become stained and cause bad breath and gum problems.

a graphic showing how to brush your dentures with a toothbrush

The best way to care for your dentures is to remove them and rinse them under warm water to remove any loose food particles that may have gotten stuck. Use a denture brush or soft-bristled toothbrush coupled with denture cleaner or mild soap to brush the dentures, including any clasps, gently.

Be careful not to bend your dentures as they may snap or crack, and if they become misshapen, you may need to get them replaced or refitted.

Always remove your dentures before bed to give your mouth a chance to rest. You can soak them in warm water and denture cleanser to keep them from drying out and warping.

If you have partial dentures, ensure to brush and floss your remaining natural teeth to prevent plaque from building up.

If you are considering dentures, it is always best to consult your denturist for a professional opinion on what will work best for you.

On February 25th, 2020 by Wade Klimpke

The Word of Mouth on Dentures: How do They Differ?

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Denture Types

woman with dentures

According to the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), 41.23 million Americans used dentures in 2019. As a denturist, that tells me that a large subsection of the population is either partially or fully edentulous, meaning without teeth. And those people are likely looking for an effective and viable tooth replacement solution. 

As one of the denturists at MyBite, the number one question I get from patients is, “I’m confused about the different types of dentures available, how do they work and which is best for me? 

And that’s understandable. With the huge advances in the dental professional in the last couple of decades as we shift into the digital world, there are more choices than ever. Gone are the days of a one size fits all solution. Today, the options are almost endless and 100% customizable.

So back to the question, “How do they work and which should I choose?” Let’s investigate a few of the denture options I work on every day at MyBite.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, are a popular solution when you don’t have any natural teeth. They are removable, artificial teeth and gums made out of porcelain or acrylic resin. Complete dentures can either be a whole mouth solution (top and bottom) or partial (top or bottom). 

Custom dentures are made from precise measurements and custom moulds of your mouth to perfectly fit your gum line and jaw bone ridges. They are affixed in place via natural suction, but a dental adhesive may be used to keep your dentures stable and secure.

Benefits of Complete Dentures

  • They are a full tooth and gum solution 
  • They look like natural teeth and gums
  • Are removable for easy cleaning and ease of wear
  • They support your facial structure for a more youthful appearance
  • You can enjoy more of the foods you love 

Complete Denture Quick Facts

  • Only used when you have no teeth on top or bottom row, or both
  • Removable - not permanently affixed in mouth
  • Lasts on average between 5-8 years
  • Take dentures out only to sleep
  • May take up to 4-5 appointments to finalize denture solution, depending on if teeth need to be extracted
  • Must be brushed or soaked at least once per day
  • Many packages and options available, from standard economy to quality custom dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable, prosthetic teeth that replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike complete dentures that replace all teeth, partial dentures replace only a few.  

Like a retainer of sorts, the partial denture is made from acrylic material for the teeth portion and a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth to keep the partial denture in place.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

  • They are a removable solution
  • They fill in tooth gaps to complete your smile
  • Are highly customizable to your mouth
  • They look and feel very natural

Partial Denture Quick Facts

  • Used when you are missing one or more teeth
  • Use clasps or clips to attach to nearby natural teeth
  • Precise colour-matching to existing teeth
  • Can take up to 4-5 appointments to finalize
  • Partial Denture will last on average 5-8 years
  • Take partial denture out to sleep
  • Must be brushed, cleaned, and soaked daily
  • There are many packages and options available

All-On-4 Dental Implants

An all-on-4 dental implant translates to “all” teeth being supported “on four” dental implants. Much like a complete denture solution, it is an “all mouth” solution used when all upper or lower teeth are missing or extracted. However, unlike a complete denture, they are a permanent, affixed option implanted to the jawbone. This means they are not removable and therefore act more like natural teeth.

To understand all-on-4s, we need to understand how dental implants work.

To begin, 4 small posts, or abutments, are inserted into either your top or bottom jawbone. These posts will act as the structural anchors for your dentures. Then, your customized denture will be affixed to the posts, adjusted and positioned perfectly to match your jaw and bite.

Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants

  • Can be used for the top or bottom row of teeth, or both 
  • They provide a full mouth solution when all teeth are extracted or missing
  • Often a more affordable solution over traditional dentures
  • Closely replicates natural teeth
  • Less deterioration or shrinkage of the jaw
  • Virtually no loss of chewing function
  • Provides same force and chewing strength as  natural teeth
  • Do not need to be removed after meals or at night
  • An effective long-term solution that can last for decades if cared for properly

All-On-4 Quick Facts

  • Non-removable option
  • Provides a stronger foundation than removable denture solutions 
  • Only used when you have no teeth on top or bottom row, or both
  • Requires enough jaw bone to support the implants
  • Requires daily brushing and flossing
  • Is a quicker solution and can be completed in 2 appointments

In Conclusion

These are just a few denture solutions we offer at MyBite. Before I can determine which is the best fit for you, I’ll first examine your mouth, discuss your expectations, budgetary considerations, and comfort level. 

When all is said and done, the teeth restoration process is highly individualized. Just as every mouth is unique, so is every denture. For me, this is the joy of the work: many denture options equals an optimal solution for every one of my patients.

On February 12th, 2020 by Wade Klimpke

Denture Cleaners: What to Look For & What to Avoid

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man holding a cup of water with dentures in it

Dentures are teeth replacements for individuals that have missing teeth or none at all. Sometimes poor oral health, accidents, or disease can cause tooth loss, so your dentist may recommend dentures to replace the missing teeth. Without dentures or other tooth replacements, if you have remaining teeth, they may shift out of line.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Dentures in the past have been made out of porcelain or plastic, but in recent years have been commonly made out of hard resin. Artificial teeth are usually more fragile and easily worn down than natural teeth and should be replaced every 5 or so years. The pink or gum-coloured material that holds the dentures together is usually also made of resin or a flexible polymer material.

Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable options for individuals that still have natural teeth to attach something to. They are sometimes referred to as “partials”, and are a good option to consider if your teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge or more than a few teeth are missing. They are one or more artificial teeth that fit into place alongside your remaining natural teeth.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are required when all of your natural teeth are missing. They are removable and held in place by suction, or in some cases, dental adhesive. Full dentures come in 2 different types; immediate dentures and conventional dentures.

Immediate dentures are made before your teeth are extracted. Your dentist or denturist will make a model of your jaw so the dentures can be prepared. At the time of your extraction, your dentures will be fitted immediately after, so you will not go without teeth for the entirety of the healing period. 

Conventional dentures are made and inserted after extraction once the gums and any surrounding tissues have healed. 

Overdentures

If you find that traditional dentures are uncomfortable or only have a few natural teeth left, overdentures can be an option. They are fitted over the roots of natural teeth or implants. Some individuals find these dentures to be more comfortable than traditional dentures while still being easily removable. 

The Proper Way to Clean Your Dentures

brushing top denture with blue and green toothbrush

Dentures, just like natural teeth, need to be cleaned daily to stop the buildup of plaque. Plaque and tartar buildup on teeth can cause bad breath and stains and may spread to natural teeth and gums, which can lead to disease and/or cavities. 

Dentures are easy to care for as long as you ensure to clean them daily as a part of your normal oral hygiene routine. 

Remove them from your mouth and run under water to remove any food particles that may have gotten stuck to them. Then, use a very soft bristle toothbrush or specialized denture brush alongside denture cleaner or mild soap to gently brush all surfaces of the dentures, including clasps. Rinse your dentures well before replacing them in your mouth, and be gentle, as dentures can snap or break with too much force. 

You should also remove dentures while you sleep to give your mouth time to rest. Overnight, soak your dentures in warm water. You may also mix in some denture cleaner with the water overnight if you wish if your dentures do not have metal clasps or attachments. Using cleaner on metal parts may cause them to tarnish.

Things to Avoid With Your Dentures

Regular toothpaste or other household cleaners can be too rough or abrasive on dentures and may damage them. Your denturist will be able to provide you with suggestions on the best cleaners to use on your dentures.

Your dentures may be fragile and can easily break or snap if dropped. When removing and cleaning your dentures, it is important to do so over a towel or sink of water to minimize the risk of them falling onto a hard surface. Additionally, always handle them gently as they can crack if squeezed or handled roughly.

Keep Your Gums Healthy

As it is important to take care of your dentures and remaining natural teeth, you should also ensure to take proper care of your gums. After you remove your dentures, use a soft-bristle toothbrush or a clean, damp cloth to clean and massage your gums. If you have natural teeth, brush and floss them as you would normally. Be sure to never flush floss down the toilet. 

If your gums are overly sensitive or hurt to touch, contact your denturist for an exam to see what may be causing you pain. Additionally, always check your dentures for signs of wear or cracks so you can have them repaired.

Visit MyBite for a complimentary consultation if you are interested in getting fitted for dentures.

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