Quiz: The Difference Between Full And Partial Dentures

For minor tooth loss, we often recommend a single tooth dental implant or even a bridge, which can be secured with crowns or implants as well. But what about serious tooth loss? For those with multiple missing teeth, we may suggest a more substantial prosthetic. What’s the different between full and partial dentures?

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

  1. True or False: Tooth loss can lead to an older appearance.
  2. True or False: A partial replaces multiple teeth.
  3. True or False: A full addresses complete tooth loss.
  4. True or False: We can also secure them with dental implants.

Answer Key

  1. True. When we lose our teeth, the loss of jawbone density, combined with the pressure on the exposed gums, can mean an older appearance. However, by replacing your missing teeth in a timely manner, you can help protect your facial structure, as well as your overall oral health.
  2. True. A partial consists of replacement teeth and metal clasps that attach to the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We can use them to address advanced tooth loss, even in cases where the teeth are spread out across the arch.
  3. True. A full denture consists of an entire row of teeth and will be held in place with natural suction (and possibly the assistance of a special adhesive). The denture’s base will be made from acrylic and designed to look like natural gum tissue.
  4. True. For added security and for a longer lasting prosthetic, we may secure them with dental implants. We can place multiple implant posts to provide a denture that won’t slip while at the same time, stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent an older appearance.


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