Here at the Germantown general dentist practice of Weston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry we do everything in our power to keep people’s teeth where they belong — in their mouths. We have lots of tricks up our sleeves, too, from root canals and crowns, to a number of periodontal procedures. In fact, in certain situations, we even know how to put teeth that have been knocked completely out back in people’s heads! (If this is your situation, you need to call us right away!) Unfortunately, though, not every tooth can be saved. Sometimes decay or trauma is just too severe, and the only thing we can do to stop infection and quiet the excruciating pain is to perform an extraction.
While the oral health experts here at Weston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry never like to pull teeth, thanks to the technology of full and partial dentures, it’s really not the end of the world if we have to. Our Germantown general dentist practice has helped countless patients through the process of getting artificial teeth. What’s the difference between full and partial dentures? We’re glad you asked. First, as you may have ascertained from the name, whereas full dentures are designed for folks who’ve lost all of the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw, partial dentures are for folks who’ve only lost a few. While the former style of denture has no teeth to anchor to, and so rests on the gums, the latter style can be held in place by neighboring teeth. Partial dentures also come in both removable and permanent varieties, depending on the unique needs and preferences of the patient.
In spite of dentures being tried-and-true technology at this point in dental history, we here at the Germantown general dentist practice of Weston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry want you to have realistic expectations. Today’s dentures are better than ever, but nothing is quite the same as real teeth (dental implants get close, but that’s a topic for another post). It will take time to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth. It will also take time to get used to the new cleaning regime dentures require. Thankfully, however, we’ll be here to advise and encourage you every step of the way. You definitely won’t have to go through the transition process alone!