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.
What do partial dentures have to offer? Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Learn why partial dentures are an affordable solution
- Advantages of removable partial dentures
- Advantages of permanent partial dentures
- Commonly asked questions about why it’s important to replace missing teeth and what you can expect should you choose to pursue 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 Coddington, we see this daily. Many great, successful people aren’t able to see past their missing teeth or otherwise lackluster smiles. We frequently have patients who talk about their increase in confidence, which they experience after taking care of their teeth.
For you, partial dentures might be able to hlep you restore your confidence. If you’re curious about partial dentures, continue reading 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 they 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.
Commonly Asked Questions
It can take a bit of practice to learn to eat comfortably with your new dentures. At first, try to maintain a softer diet; cut food into small pieces and chew slowly until you adjust to your new dentures and develop the necessary control. In the beginning, sticky foods like toffees, steak, and hard foods such as chocolate, nuts, and raw carrots should be avoided. As you gain comfort and confidence, you can expand upon the types of food you eat. The more teeth your denture replaces, the more slowly you will need to take things.