What is the Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures?
Full dentures are appliances in the mouth that are made of acrylic and replace all the missing teeth of each arch of the mouth. Dentures gain their suction by covering the boney ridge. If the ridge is high enough then the patient will have adequate suction. However some lower dentures do not have adequate suction. Patients will either have to use dental adhesive to give them the retention they need or resort to dental implants to help them gain much more solid retention of the lower denture.
Partial denture are made of acrylic also. The more long-lasting partials have a metal base. Partial dentures replace some of the teeth in an arch. They are held in the mouth usually by wires or clasps which surround certain teeth for support. Precision partial dentures have special attachments which do away with the wires for retention and either attach internally or externally into a tooth that has a crown. These attachments are designed to put less stress on the anchor teeth that support the partial denture. They are more esthetic because they do not have the wires which are unsightly and can be seen when an individual smiles.
Partial Dentures can also be made of a flexible acrylic material with acrylic clasps that help hold the partial dentures in place. With this type of denture, no metal clasps are present to give it a very natural appearance. Many of Dr. Stevens patients choose this option. Impressions of your mouth are taken by the dentist to make the partial dentures. Dr. Stevens uses local dental laboratories in Upland, CA to fabricate the partial dentures.