Which Types of Dentures Are Right For You?

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What Are Dentures?

Dentures are custom-made teeth replacements if you have missing teeth and can be removed and put back into your mouth. Although dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

Here at Rasmussen Dental, we custom design and fit natural-looking dentures that won't slip. Our dentures allow us to anchor a denture plate so securely that you no longer have to worry about the foods you eat or the slipping and shifting of your dentures. We offer two different options for dentures—full dentures and partial dentures.

Types of Dentures

1. Full

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If a full set of teeth need to be replaced, full dentures are the answer. To replace teeth in the upper jaw, these dentures include a flesh-colored acrylic base that covers the gums and the roof of the mouth, allowing an entire set of false teeth to sit firmly. Full dentures for the lower mouth are similar, but the acrylic base is shaped like a horseshoe to avoid covering the tongue.

2. Partial

When just a few teeth are missing, partial dentures are a great solution. Partial dentures can be attached to natural teeth in several ways, with the most common way being metal clasps that grip the natural teeth. Partial dentures can also be attached to crowns on the natural teeth. These crowns can actually improve the fit of partial dentures, and are often required with precision attachments.

Tips for Wearing Dentures

  • Brush Regularly: Brushing your dentures daily with your toothbrush will remove food and plaque, and will help prevent staining.

  • Keep them Moist: Keep them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them. In addition, don’t use hot water, as this can cause them to warp.

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Be sure to brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.

  • Talk to Your Dentist: If your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose, consult your dentist right away. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can do more harm than good.

Wondering if dentures may be the solution you’re looking for, or deciding if you need full or partial ones? Schedule an appointment online or call us at (763) 553-1125 today!