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What Are Complete Dentures?

As their name implies, complete dentures differ from partial dentures insofar as they offer a complete set of false teeth. This means that if you are recommended to have a set fitted, they will replace all of your teeth either from the upper or lower set. In some cases, two sets of complete dentures will be recommended by dentists, meaning that no natural teeth will be left. If you have been told by your dentist that a full set of dentures will be best given the condition of your teeth, what can you expect?

What Are Complete Dentures Made of?

To begin with, dentures that will replace all of your teeth are made from similar sorts of materials that are used for partial dentures. Therefore, if you already have a set of partial dentures, there will be very little difference you will notice in the sensation in your mouth. Typically, Australian dentures are made from acrylic, a long-lasting material that does not need very much in terms of ongoing maintenance and that is tasteless when you run your tongue over it.

It is worth noting that full dentures come with two distinct parts. The first is made up of the artificial teeth themselves. These are set into what is known as a denture base. The base acts in a similar way to the gum does for natural teeth. In other words, it acts as an anchoring point for the artificial teeth. However, unlike a partial denture which will often be clipped onto a natural tooth, the denture base needs to be fixed in place differently. Commonly, this will be achieved with an oral adhesive.

What Are the Benefits of Full Dentures?

If you have lost so many teeth from your mouth that fixing a partial denture to what remains is no longer viable, then opting for a set of complete false teeth can mean enjoying a more consistent appearance. When people have all their teeth replaced with a denture, the look is often more consistent when smiling. As such, they can offer a significant boost to confidence. Equally, they can be less prone to slipping compared to partial dentures which no longer have good anchoring points.

It should be noted that modern dentures are very good at biting and chewing these days. Dentists are often able to fit complete sets of false teeth that feel comfortable on the gums, allowing you to enjoy nearly all the foods you are used to. Only very sticky foods, such as toffee, tends to cause a problem. 

For more info about full dentures, contact a local dentist.