If you’re missing multiple teeth near each other, you’re reducing your quality of life significantly. Even if you don’t realize it, the loss of a few teeth significantly impacts your ability to speak and chew. Additionally, missing teeth can cause a huge drop in self-esteem. Fortunately, all you’ll need to fix this problem is a set of partial dentures.
For many, partial dentures offer a renewed sense of confidence. Many people take the confidence of having a beautiful and practical smile for granted. A person’s smile plays a huge role in the way they view and treat themselves. At Preserve, we see this daily. Many great and successful people aren’t able to see through their missing teeth or otherwise lackluster smiles. We have patients all the time who talk about the increase of confidence they experience after taking care of their teeth.
For you, partial dentures may be able to give you this confidence back. If you’re curious about partial dentures, read on to learn more, or set up a consultation today.
An Affordable Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth
Partial dentures are used to fill gaps between teeth when some or most of the natural teeth remain, whereas complete dentures are used to replace all upper and/or lower teeth. The framework for partial dentures are made from either an acrylic or metal based material and attach to the surrounding teeth. The false teeth, or pontics, are attached to the framework and fill in gaps where natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures not only offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance by replacing missing teeth but also act as a placeholder to keep surrounding teeth from shifting.
With the help of our team and dental lab, partial dentures can be a natural and comfortable solution for missing teeth. Through advances in dentistry, partial dentures have become more comfortable than those created in the past and look more like natural teeth than ever.
Partial dentures fall into two main categories: ‘fixed’ and ‘removable’. Permanent partials, or fixed bridges, are cemented in place and cannot be removed. Removable partial dentures are not permanently attached and are removed at night or for cleaning purposes.
Advantages of removable partial dentures
- They are less expensive than permanent partial dentures or implants.
- Natural teeth surrounding the gaps do not need to be prepared or shaved down.
- They can be removed for cleaning.
Advantages of permanent partial dentures
- Perfectly blend with natural teeth.
- Do not have to be removed for cleaning.
- Generally last longer than removable partial dentures.