As your Local Redcliffe Dentist knows, partial and full dentures were traditionally the only options available for replacing missing teeth. Nowadays, there are many options to choose from – but how do you know which one is right for you?
Partial dentures rely on the remaining teeth in the jaw for support and retention. They can either have an acrylic or metal frame which supports the false teeth, with metal clasps that hold onto the natural teeth. The main concern regarding partial dentures is whether the remaining teeth need to be stable enough to support the partial dentures. The remaining teeth need to be stable enough so that they can support the partial denture from moving and strong enough so that they can help hold the partial denture in place.
Full dentures (dentures that replace all teeth) relies on suction to hold it into place. Dentures cover all of the palate, or roof of the mouth and all of the lower gums, which can diminish the ability to taste properly. Ageing aspects such as medication, loss of bone, quality and natures of our saliva and decreased muscle control can all reduce the success of full dentures.
Dental implants are viable alternatives to partial and full dentures. A Dental implant is a titanium fixture (which usually look like a screw) that is surgically placed into jaws to substitute for some or all of the missing teeth. The implants then act as anchors for crowns, bridges, partial or full dentures. There are many designs and systems available depending what the patient needs.
So, while dentures continue to be a valuable option, we now have other options available. Why not see your Local Redcliffe Dentists at John Street Dental to discuss the options which are best for you?
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