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What is the difference between full and partial dentures?

Dentures help restore appearance and oral functionality and are usually needed when there are not enough natural teeth to support other restorative options. Complete, full dentures are typically used when most teeth have been lost due to gum disease, decay, or other dental problems. Partial dentures are usually used when a patient still has some remaining healthy teeth to support them.

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Can I eat normally with dentures?

Adjusting to wearing dentures will take some time. During the first few weeks, it is normal to experience saliva flow, potential soreness, and speaking and chewing difficulties. As your gums get used to full or partial dentures, eating becomes easier. We recommend patients start eating soft foods and gradually reintroduce harder ones. If eating is a concern, implant-supported dentures may be a good option as they are more secure with stabilization in the jawbone.

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How do I take care of dentures?

Full and partial dentures are durable and will last long with proper care. To care for dentures, it is always best to remove and rinse them after eating. Brushing the dentures with a soft bristle brush and mild soap or denture cleaner can remove debris and bacteria. To maintain the denture’s shape and comfort, soak dentures overnight in water or a denture solution. We recommend patients with dentures to schedule regular checkups to assess the fit of the dentures.

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