The pros and cons of full dentures

Full dentures are a common solution for patients who need to replace an entire dental arch of teeth. Albuquerque, NM area dentist, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, understands the importance of full dentures. But many patients are unsure if full dentures are right for them. There are many advantages and disadvantages to full dentures for patients to consider when they are choosing a tooth replacement option. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook encourages patients to learn about this option and find out if it is right for them.

What is a full denture?

A full denture is an acrylic appliance that is made to replace missing teeth. They are made with false teeth and gum tissue to create a natural restoration that can restore function and beauty to the smile. However, there are many pros and cons to these restorations, and when choosing an option for yourself, it is a good idea to consider all sides and solutions.

Advantages of full dentures

  • Full dentures are highly economical for patients who are on a budget or who have dental insurance.
  • Full dentures replace the entire arch of teeth, not just one or two teeth in the smile.
  • Full dentures are removable which allows for proper care and cleaning.
  • Full dentures are long-lasting with proper attention and routine evaluations.
  • Full dentures look natural and can be designed with the dentist and patient working together.

Disadvantages of full dentures

  • Full dentures can break if they are not handled properly.
  • Full dentures without dental implants for retention can fall out of the mouth unexpectedly.
  • Full dentures require messy dental adhesives to keep in place.
  • Full dentures can still limit the foods you can enjoy.
  • Full dentures take time to get used to as they cover the roof of the mouth.
  • Full dentures need to be adjusted and maintained properly for them to last as long as possible.

Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today!

Albuquerque, NM patients can visit with our team for comprehensive dental care at our facility, located in suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE. Call (505) 881-1159 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the ways you can restore your smile after tooth loss and/or extraction.

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