Dentures & Partials

A smile just isn't a smile if it's incomplete. Missing teeth cause a host of problems, from difficulty speaking and eating to low self-confidence to jawbone deterioration. Don't give up on your smile. Advances in dental materials and technology have made full and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever. With help from Smiles by Sullivan in Tulare, CA, you can have your teeth replaced with beautiful, functional dentures or partials created just for you -- and we can explore the option of Mini Dental Implants for anchoring your denture as well.

What is a Partial?

A partial denture, commonly referred to as simply a partial, consists of multiple teeth on a gum colored base. The teeth are not in a row, but rather spread across the base to fit like a puzzle with your existing teeth. A partial is normally secured with clips or brackets, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable.

What is a Denture?

A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and they may require denture adhesive to hold them in place. Dentures can also be created that can be held in place by dental implants.

Implant-Supported Dentures and Partials

Dental Implant. Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clips or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. In a brief surgery, an implant dentist can secure a few dental implant posts to hold your dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel safe and sound.

Which denture or partial option is right for you? That's a great question, and we can answer it at the Tulare dental office of Smiles by Sullivan. Tooth replacement can depend on the current state of your oral health, how long you've been missing teeth, your budget, your age, and your lifestyle. Luckily, there are beautiful and satisfying options at every price point and for every smile. To learn more about the dentures, partials, and dental implants available at Smiles by Sullivan, contact us.

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