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Dentures & Partials

Dentures can be either "full," replacing all the teeth, or "partial," replacing some of the teeth. What all dentures have in common is that they are removable, meaning that a denture wearer can take the denture in and out of the mouth by him or herself. Dentures are a more economical choice for tooth replacement than a permanent bridge or dental implants, and in most cases, become relatively stable after an initial adjustment or two.

Dentures can also have their share of problems.

Although for some patients partial or complete dentures are the only choice, there are many disadvantages to them including:

  • Chewing is less effective

  • Speech and taste can be affected

  • Advanced bone loss

  • Higher incidence of yeast infections

  • Denture sore spots

  • Food getting caught under them

After dentures are fitted, they will often cause some sore spots on the gum. This does not mean that the dentist didn't do a good job, or that the dentures will never fit properly. It's just that in most cases, it will take a few visits and some minor adjustments to make the dentures comfortable. Another common problem with dentures is that a tooth chips or breaks off. This is why it is a good idea for all denture wearers to have a spare denture to use until they can go to the dentist and have it fixed. In most cases, we offer next day repairs or same day repairs of dentures (same day would require the patient to go to the laboratory).

Many years of denture use routinely causes resorption (a wearing away) of the bone found in the upper and lower jaws. This bone loss can cause a denture to become unstable. Dentures, especially those that are loose, can make eating, speaking, and smiling a chore. Loose dentures can usually be relined or rebased to improve their fit.

Every patient is different.

At Shoreham Family Dental we will fight to keep your natural teeth. Advances in implants have allowed us to make patients more comfortable with either tooth replacements or supporting a denture.