There are two types of dentures: partial dentures and complete dentures. Both are designed to replace some or all your teeth. Unlike crowns and bridges, dentures are removable. While that can make it easier to keep them clean and sanitary, it can create other complications, especially if the dentures aren’t properly fitted.

At 101st Adult Dentistry, we know that many patients are hesitant to get dentures. However, dentures that properly fit and made from high-quality materials can greatly increase quality of life and comfort when eating, drinking, and talking—not to mention the improvement they can have on a person’s appearance.

Who Needs Dentures?

Dentures serve as replacements for your natural teeth. That means that most people get dentures when they’re missing some, most, or all their natural teeth due to things like gum disease, tooth decay, or facial injuries. People who are fitted with dentures often see a dramatic improvement in their appearance. In addition to having a normal appearance in their smile, dentures also provide stronger structure and support for the facial muscles. That reduces sagging and fills out the structure of the mouth and face.

What Is the Difference Between Partial and Complete Dentures?

Not everyone needs a full set of dentures. People with half or more of their teeth remaining can benefit from partial dentures, which are designed to replace only their missing teeth.

Good candidates for partial dentures include:

  • Older patients who have started losing teeth, but still have most of their teeth. Partial dentures can fill in the gaps and help keep the rest of the mouth and teeth healthy.
  • Patients who lost teeth due to trauma and accidents. Car crashes, work-related accidents, or acts of violence can cause people to lose a few of their teeth—especially their front teeth. While they may not need full dentures, partial dentures can be perfect to complete their smiles and make it easier to eat, drink, and speak.

Complete dentures, as the name implies, act as substitutes for all your teeth. People who are good candidates for complete dentures include:

  • Patients who have suffered severe facial or mouth trauma. Accidents that involve the mouth and jaw can cause serious damage to the teeth and gums, making it necessary to use complete dentures.
  • Older patients who have lost most or all their teeth due to tooth decay and the aging process. Some people are more susceptible to tooth loss in old age than others, and complete dentures can restore their appearance.

Need Dentures in Clarksville? Call 101st Adult Dentistry.
The dental professionals at 101st Adult Dentistry know that losing teeth and finding replacement solutions can be a difficult and sensitive issue. Our team will work with you to find the best option for your lifestyle and your smile, whether it’s a crown, bridge, partial dentures, or complete dentures.

Find out why we’re Clarksville’s most trusted dental office. Call (931) 906-8800 to schedule an appointment with us today.