A partial denture is removable, yet natural-looking dental appliance made to replace one or more teeth and is customized to your specific requirements. Partial dentures snap down on top of some of your remaining good teeth, which means you must have some healthy teeth left. These healthy teeth will be the anchor for the new partial and it will be important that you take care of these teeth in the future so that your partial can still attach to them. Removable partial dentures restore your natural appearance and greatly improve your ability to chew and speak clearly.
Partials can be made of different materials such as acrylic, a metal/acrylic combination or flexible thermoplastic. The style and type of partial denture that will best suit you is determined by numerous factors, such as the position, stability, and the number of teeth remaining.
Partial dentures are an appropriate solution when the other teeth in your mouth are healthy. It is always preferable to keep your natural teeth, however, if this is not an option, a full denture may be the right solution for you.
Types of Partial Dentures
Transitional Partial Dentures: These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs): Usually made of cast vitallium, these well-constructed, metal-based
removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic dentures but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
If constructed correctly, partial dentures do not harm the remaining natural teeth. A partial denture can prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. This will prevent shrinking of soft tissue and bone support near your missing teeth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support and allow your gums, jawbone, and facial muscles to be actively engaged.
People who go without a partial denture on the lower jaw develop bad eating habits because the tongue starts being used as a conveyor belt for food. This can alter your physical appearance and can lead to subsequent problems with your other teeth. Eventually, the tongue muscles become unusually large and later on it’s virtually impossible to fit a lower denture. People who go without a lower partial for an extended period of time also start using their tongue to chew. As a result, the food is only semi-chewed and the digestive system has to work overtime. This can lead to disastrous results in later life. Food is intended to be well-cut and well-chewed, which is difficult to do properly without a partial.
Get the quality you deserve at the price you can afford. The experts at Denture and Dental Services in Destin will present you with your options to help you choose the denture that is best suited to your individual needs and lifestyle. We want to make the life-changing, long-lasting benefits of restorative and cosmetic dentistry accessible.
Our team of dedicated professionals will work closely with you to design a treatment that suits your needs, budget, and end goals. Going to the dentist is an investment in time and money, and we want you to be thrilled with your final outcome. We will explain all your options and their advantages and drawbacks. At Denture & Dental Services, we will work hard to deliver a result that goes above and beyond your expectations!
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