If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, but still have some natural teeth, you may want to consider getting partial dentures. This dental appliance is used to replace multiple missing teeth while accommodating the remaining teeth in the mouth. With partial dentures, you can regain a full, beautiful smile and protect your oral health.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are dental restoration devices that replace missing teeth while incorporating the remaining natural ones into the patient’s smile. There are many different options when it comes to partial dentures, which provide patients with convenience and flexibility. The two main types of partial dentures are removable and fixed:
Removable partial dentures are similar to removable complete dentures. However, unlike removable complete dentures, removable partial dentures typically have a metal framework, which provides support to the appliance. Removable dentures need to be taken out each night and placed in water or a soaking solution so that they don’t lose their shape.
Fixed partial dentures are secured by crowns on the adjacent teeth. The crowns fix the artificial teeth in place, creating a type of bridge in between the crowns. Fixed partial dentures are more secure than fixed dentures but also come at a higher cost.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Faster and more convenient than complete dentures
Partial dentures can be made and secured in place much faster than complete dentures. Additionally, the mouth doesn’t have as much healing to do after the placement of partial dentures when compared to complete ones.
Stops the shifting natural teeth
Partial dentures prevent the remaining teeth from shifting over time, making it easier to preserve the health and alignment of your natural teeth.
A solution to complex tooth loss
If you’ve lost teeth that aren’t positioned next to each other, a simple bridge won’t restore your full smile. Partial dentures are an excellent choice in this case, as they can be used to replace the exact teeth that you are missing.
For more information about partial dentures to restore your smile, contact 19th Avenue Dental today!