When people think about dentures, they most typically think about full dentures that encompass the whole lower jaw, upper jaw, or both. For a long time, this was the most common form of the denture concept.
In fact, it was not that long ago when some patients may have had perfectly healthy teeth removed in order to make sure they could effectively wear a full set of dentures instead.
These days, dentists put a high premium on never removing healthy teeth. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the growing body of evidence that suggests needless removal of teeth might contribute to other issues.
When Are Full Dentures More Likely To Be Used Than Partial Dentures?
Full dentures are used when there are significant issues with the whole structure of the mouth, such as major gum disease that will make it difficult to hold the teeth in place over a long period of time.
Generally speaking, if teeth are very likely to become dislodged from the jaw of their own accord, then dentists may suggest going forward with tooth removal in order to use a full set of dentures.
On the other hand, there are situations where partial dentures are much more appropriate. For example, traumatic damage to just a few teeth might be a good situation to use partial dentures.
In rare cases, a single tooth or one tooth and its surrounding teeth can become severely infected. If these teeth are removed, further issues can be prevented and partial dentures can be used.
While there’s one commonplace way to use full dentures, partial dentures can be secured in the mouth in a number of ways depending on the needs of the patient. For example, they might be supported by implants in the jawbone or by simpler clasps.
Come To Island Dental Associates For The Best Care And Treatment In Dentures
Dentures are more diverse than you may have realized, but they all provide the same functions: Protecting the gums, strengthening the mouth, and ensuring that you can chew and speak just the way you always have.
At Island Dental Associates, we have provided thousands of Long Island residents with the highest level of care when it comes to dentures. Whether partial or full, you’ll get exactly what you need.
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