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Full Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures: Which Are The Best For You?

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We here at Dentistry On Danforth offer both full dentures and partial dentures. But when it comes to full dentures vs. partial dentures, which are the best for you?

Today, our team will be explaining the difference between the two, the purpose each one has, and, of course, how to determine which are the best for you and your dental needs.

The Difference Between Full Dentures and Partial Dentures

Full, traditional dentures are a set of customized, removable replacements for multiple missing teeth. They are suitable for those with none (or very few!) teeth remaining on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws. If teeth are to be removed to make room for full dentures, then the gums will need time to heal over before you are fitted for dentures to ensure maximum comfort and longevity.

Partial dentures, meanwhile, are better suited for those who still have a sizeable number of functional teeth. These functional teeth can be used as a base for partial dentures to bridge the gap of missing teeth. This is done by attaching prosthetic teeth to a customized removable plate.

Full Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures: Which Are The Best For You And Your Long-Term Oral Needs?

While both dentures options offer long-term functionality, a natural-looking smile, and optimal comfort, patients with one or more missing teeth on their top and/or lower jaws may be a candidate for partial dentures. Partial dentures may be preferred due to not having to remove remaining healthy teeth for this type of denture to fit comfortably in the mouth.

In the case that you are recommended to choose full dentures but find it difficult to adjust to them, you may be advised to wear overdentures instead, which are a removable denture that attaches to dental implants as posts.

Is It Time to Look Into Getting Dentures?

Whether you opt for partial dentures or full dentures, we here at Dentistry On Danforth are here to make the process safe, convenient, and comfortable from start to finish.

Contact us today to book in your dentures appointment (as well as receive more info on our dentures-fitting processes and how to best care for your dentures long-term!)

Written by Dr. Kostas Papadopoulos

Dr. Kostas Papadopoulos received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto in 1992 after completing 3 years of biochemistry and the 4-year program in dentistry. He enjoys continuing education and has attended numerous rehabilitative and cosmetic dentistry programs, including courses taught by Dr. John Kois.

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