The lowdown on complete and partial dentures at a GEHA dentist

Sarah Health, Lifestyle

There are certain terms branded about in the dental industry and in truth, a lot of us don’t have a clue what they are referring to. As the title of this article might have already suggested, today we’re going to talk about dentures and the various types that are available.

If you were to ask any GEHA dentist you would soon find that these are one of the most useful treatments that can be sought for patients. The nature of dentures means that they are designed to fill in the gaps that may have originated between your teeth – and gradually widened over time. A lot of people will view this as a purely cosmetic procedure, and it’s quite understandable why. However, these gaps are also loosening the support for the rest of your teeth – meaning that the denture solution really can help you both aesthetically, and keeping your smile structure in order.

To make the topic a little more complicated, there are a couple of types of dentures to look at. Here, we’ll review complete and partial dentures in-detail to help you determine which is the most suitable for you.

Complete dentures

Some dentists will refer to these as full dentures, but the meaning is the same. Like all dentures, these are completely removable but can help you immensely when you have a whole set of missing teeth. In other words, if you have several teeth missing at a given time, complete dentures can temporarily fill in the holes.

As we’ve already touched upon, there are multiple benefits to these dentures. Firstly, not having huge gaps in your teeth is going to be one that enhances your smile no-end. Then, when we get onto the functional aspect of teeth, you will immediately notice a huge difference in the way that you chew your food.

As such, if you do have several missing teeth, complete dentures can be a Godsend.

Partial dentures

The next topic we’ll cover are dentures of the partial variety. As you have probably gathered by now, these are designed for those of you who just have the odd missing tooth – or several at most. They work in exactly the same way as complete dentures, in the way that they are removable and designed to fill in any gaps that have arisen through your lost teeth.

A summary on partial and complete dentures

As we have already talked about, dentures are one of those procedures that are essential in modern dentistry – but are largely misunderstood. Particularly as more and more people are either losing teeth, or having them surgically removed, it’s surprising that knowledge on this procedure isn’t as mainstream as other forms of treatment.

Bearing all of the above in mind, if you do have gaps in your teeth, at least consider full or partial dentures. While your smile will naturally be aided, let’s not forget that the general functionality of your teeth will be as well.