What Type of Dentures Do I Need?

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Maintaining dental health is hard. Even with diligent care, there may come a time when you have considered a tooth replacement option. While permanent dental implants are always the go-to recommendation, dental implants can be expensive, especially if you have to consider multiple teeth. 

Woman smiling with full set of teeth.

Dentures are a cheaper alternative for teeth replacement. These “removable” teeth resemble and function like real teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. While all dentures are meant to replace missing teeth, there are different levels of dentures: partial and full. 

The right denture for you will depend on the extent of your dental needs. 

What Are Partial Dentures?

Even when people start to experience significant tooth loss, they rarely lose all of their teeth at the same time. More often than not, individuals will have a complication with a specific quadrant or a series of teeth. Since the tooth damage or loss is localized, there is no reason to pull all of your teeth for dentures, especially when some teeth may be healthy and able to be saved.

Partial dentures are the ideal option for these individuals. Partial dentures replace a series of missing teeth without replacing the entire mouth. These dentures are designed to fit in with the rest of your teeth and fill in the gaps where you are missing teeth. 

What Are Full Dentures?

Whether you are dealing with significant deterioration or have experienced some form of trauma that has resulted in a complete dental loss, full dentures can restore a natural-looking smile and a functional set of teeth. Full dentures provide an entirely new set of teeth for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, making it an ideal solution for many older patients.

One of the benefits of full dentures is that you do not have to worry about them looking like the rest of your teeth (the way you do with partial dentures). 

Which Denture Option Is Best for You?

As an adult, losing teeth is never an enjoyable or desirable experience. We understand your frustration and concern over this matter and are here for you to keep you smiling.

Dentures may not be your first choice, but they reliably get the job done by restoring more than just your teeth. They complete your smile and restore your self-confidence by allowing you to enjoy everyday activities. 

Interested in Learning More?

If you have lost teeth and are considering dentures, contact Dr. Kohani at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics by calling (858) 295-0603 or by filling out our online form.