A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

A complete denture or full denture sits on the jaw bone where teeth used to be. Dentures are supported entirely by the gum tissue and underlying bone structure. A partial denture has “clips” or “hooks” that attach to few or all of the remaining “anchor” teeth.

A complete denture may appear esthetic. But by its very nature, they tend to move when chewing food. Adaptable people are able to manage dentures by their cheek and tongue during chewing. For many people with dentures, eating becomes a struggle. There is some loss of sensation as the entire roof of their mouth is covered by the plastic denture. It may also interfere with their speech pattern as well.

Partial dentures are better, because teeth are helping to keep the partial in place. But in time, partials can cause loosening of these “anchor” teeth, and develop unwanted movements when eating. Partials may sometimes appear unaesthetic because the “clips” may show when they smile.

It is our opinion that partials and dentures should be considered a short term temporary solution. Long term wear leads to bone loss and shrinkage of the underlying jaw bone. This results in increased movement and instability of the denture or partial denture, as there is less support.

In this 21st century, with better medicine, information and technology, people live longer healthier lives. When a person loses his teeth over a period of many years, he adapts, but forgets what it was like when he had teeth. As we live longer, quality of like should be of concern. If dining, socializing and enjoying other’s company at mealtime is important, then, take care to have good oral health.

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