Dentures–Complete & Partials
Tooth loss is a major problem affecting Americans; at any given time, at least 178 million of us are missing at least one tooth, and another 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Having gaps in your smile can lead to shame and embarrassment, making a person feel shy and hesitate or even flat-out refuse to show their smile due to their missing teeth. Nobody should have to feel poorly about themselves due to missing teeth, which is why we here at Rowan Family Dentistry can provide our valued patients with either complete or partial dentures to restore their smile and their confidence.
The Difference Between Complete and Partial Dentures
When a person loses all of their teeth, they may be a good candidate for complete dentures. Comprised of a flesh-colored acrylic plate lined with either resin or porcelain prosthetic teeth, dentures give people a renewed smile and can greatly improve their quality of life. The acrylic can be colored to match your unique skin tone, allowing everyone to have a perfect match for their complete dentures.
With complete dentures, the top tray is called a plate and sets against the soft palate and the gums. For the bottom teeth, the tray is generally horseshoe shaped to fit comfortably around the tongue. Before we fit our patients with a set of dentures, we will take impressions, which we will send out to a lab for a comfortable, custom fit.
In the meanwhile, we often fit our patients with a set of temporary dentures. These are often a good option for patients who had to have teeth removed before starting the process of getting dentures, and they may need to be relined as your gums heal. Once your permanent dentures arrive, we will work with you to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.
For patients who are only missing a few teeth, partial dentures may be a good option for them. Unlike bridges, which are permanently affixed to your teeth with a crown, partials can be removed from your mouth for cleaning. Just like complete dentures, we do have to take an impression of your mouth to make sure you get a custom fit. Partial dentures fit close to your gumline using a delicate metal frame and skin-colored acrylic.
It's important to note that partial dentures aren't just for cosmetics—over time, missing teeth can cause your existing teeth to shift or drift into the open space, causing pain, a poor bite, and even further tooth loss. Partial dentures can help prevent complications that could arise from having missing teeth.
Whether you're missing just one tooth or you have several gaps in your smile, you may benefit from either full or partial dentures. Not all patients require a full upper and bottom tray of dentures, either. Sometimes, only one plate may be necessary, or even one plate and a set of partials on the top or bottom of your mouth. Regardless of your extent of tooth loss, we here at Rowan Family Dentistry will work with you to give you the best fit to restore your smile and your self-esteem. Give us a call here today at (662) 598-0155 if you have questions about complete or partial dentures or if you're ready to schedule your consultation for them.
What our patients are saying about us
"I didn't think you could feel peaceful in a dentist office - somehow Rowan has managed to fix that. All the latest equipment (way less noise), comfortable atmosphere, everyone there smiles and talks to you, and they simply do a great job of informing you what's needed. I Highly recommend Rowan Family Dentistry!!" ~Shane S.
"My family loves Rowan Family Dentistry! They have always taken such great care of us over the years, from routine cleanings to braces on my whole family! We wouldn't go anywhere else!" ~Jessica H.