Full & Partial Dentures
Sun City West, AZ
|In the past, dentures were available for you - once you had lost all of your teeth. If you happened to have any of your remaining teeth left, they were extracted so that dentures could be fitted to your gums. This meant that even if you had teeth in your upper or lower jaw, they had to come out. With today’s new dental technology, it is possible to have partial dentures that allow you to keep the teeth you have, while also giving you prosthetic teeth so that you can eat the foods you love, and smile for the people you love. Frank W. Sallustio DDS, MS, FACP has information for you on both full and partial dentures.
What Are Dentures?
While there haven’t been dentures nearly as long as there have been teeth, dentures have been around for centuries. In fact, we would argue that dentures are a necessity when people have losses of multiple teeth. Nearly 30 million Americans have no teeth left at all. You can lose all of your teeth for many reasons. Sometimes people lose their teeth due to trauma, such as a car accident or an injury from a blow to the face. Others can lose their teeth gradually, due to tooth decay or gum disease. Dentures were invented centuries ago as a way to replace the teeth that were lost.
Dentures allow people to eat, talk and speak normally, which makes them invaluable to people who are living with the loss of most of their teeth. Because dentures can be removed, your oral hygiene doesn’t have to suffer, because you will be able to care for your gums fully. Hundreds of years ago, it was easy to tell when someone had dentures because they weren’t made very well. Now, however, dentures are made of light materials such as acrylics and plastics, and they are more natural-looking. Dentures are also more comfortable than ever before.
Are There Different Types of Dentures?
Today, dentures are no longer one size fits all. In fact, they come in many different shapes, styles, and sizes to meet the needs of patients. Full dentures are for patients who have lost all of their teeth. These dentures are usually made of an acrylic base with prosthetic teeth made of porcelain. These dentures are comfortable and flexible. If you have one or two teeth remaining, you will need to get them extracted before dentures can be fitted. Usually, dentures take several weeks to make. However, because of new technology, we can get your dentures the same day, while you wait, which is very convenient when you need new teeth.
If you have lost a significant number of your teeth, but you also have a significant number remaining, you may want to think about getting partial dentures. We can fit you with partial dentures rather than a dental bridge. While dental bridges are a great alternative to dentures, some patients find bridges difficult to care for. For some patients, oral hygiene with dental bridges is difficult. Partial dentures are removable, which makes it easier for some patients to maintain oral hygiene.
If you maintain your dentures, and you are careful with them, they will last for years, whether they are full dentures or partial dentures. Have a question about dentures? Not sure which type of denture is right for you? We can answer your questions. Call Dr. Sallustio as soon as possible to set up your consultation.