Full & Partial Dentures

woman looking at her teeth in the mirrorA denture is a dental device that helps replace lost teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are typically removable and they can be partial or full in nature. When only some natural teeth are lost, partial dentures are used. On the other hand, when all the natural teeth are lost, full or complete dentures are used. Dentures are designed and made to resemble your existing teeth, so there will be no distinctive change to your appearance. Along with improving your smile, they can also restore your oral function and improve your sense of confidence. Contact Monarch Dentistry today if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our experienced and dedicated staff, or if you have any questions for us. Our office is located in Vienna, VA, and we also welcome patients from the nearby areas of Arcola, Tysons Corner, McLean, Washington D.C., and beyond.

Full Dentures

This restorative method helps rebuild your smile and your oral function if all of your natural teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom-made to appear like your natural teeth and are situated in the mouth to successfully replace where your original teeth once were. Full dentures are completely removable and may need adjustments to create a perfect fit with the mouth and gums.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is used when a few natural teeth are still intact in the upper or lower jaw. It usually consists of a series of false teeth attached to a gum-colored high-quality plastic base, which is held in a certain position within the mouth. A fixed partial denture, on the other hand, acts the same as a removable partial denture, but it is firmly cemented into position, using the neighboring teeth for support. This fills the gap left by lost teeth and creates important support for existing teeth to prevent shifting.

Denture Maintenance

Dentures should always be handled and regularly cleaned just like natural teeth to keep away food particles and plaque, as well as prevent potentially permanent stains. It’s strongly recommended that patients use a soft-bristled brush that’s specifically designed for dentures, as regular toothbrushes tend to be too abrasive. A denture cleaner is also ideal, but hand soap or very mild dishwashing liquid can be successfully used as well. When the denture isn’t being worn, it’s important to still keep it moist so that it doesn’t love its shape over time. Be sure to place it in a cup of water or denture soaking solution.

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