Full & Partial Dentures
Advanced tooth loss is much less common than it used to be thanks to improved in-office and at-home oral hygiene and preventive dentistry services. Luckily for those patients who do need advanced tooth replacement, partial and full dentures are crafted using higher quality materials, more precise design, and improved comfort and stability. At Larry Young Dental, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions for patients with any number of missing teeth. If you’ve lost a single tooth or a full arch of teeth, reach out to Dr. Young to begin your treatment planning process.
Both partial and full dentures use a removable, gum-colored base to support numerous replacement teeth. Partial dentures are formed to fit between healthy teeth filling in the gaps in patients’ smiles. These dentures are held in place with clasps that attach to surrounding teeth.
As the name likely suggests, a full denture is used to replace an entire row of teeth. Because there are no remaining healthy teeth to provide support, the denture base is crafted to fit snuggly against the gum line. This tight fit creates suction that anchors the denture. Some patients also choose to use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their dentures.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
If you’re interested in a tooth replacement option with increased stability, dental implant supported partial and full dentures may be a better option. These dentures are not removable. Instead, three to six dental implant posts are inserted below the gum line where they fuse with the jawbone recreating lost root structure. The partial or full denture is then attached to the implants restoring about 70% of chewing function compared with 25 to 30% restoration with removable braces. You’ll need to visit our team regularly, so we can examine your implant supported prosthetic. With proper care and regular dental checkups, an implant supported denture will last ten or more years, making it a great solution for many patients.
Caring for Your Denture
If you have a dental implant supported partial or full denture, your at-home hygiene program will not dramatically change. We may recommend you choose a toothbrush with softer bristles or a less abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise, your regular daily routine will likely be effective. Removable dentures need to be removed and cleaned each day. You can purchase a special denture toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste and brush your denture at least once a day. When you’re not wearing your denture, store it in cool water. You can also soak the denture overnight in cleaning solution. If you’re concerned that impaired dexterity may cause you to drop your dental prosthetic, place a soft towel down before you remove your denture for cleaning. You’ll need to visit our team regularly, so we can make any adjustments and give your removable or fixed denture a professional cleaning. For most denture wearers six month checkups are adequate, but others need to visit more often. Contact our Jacksonville dental team to find out more or schedule an appointment.