Partial Dentures

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

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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.

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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

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
  • Replacing missing teeth will restore your smile.
  • They’ll often lead to bone loss which can make your face sag.
  • They make speech difficult.
  • Especially for missing molars, they can make it more difficult to chew.
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, the remaining teeth can shift.
  • Remaining teeth can loosen over time due to bone loss around the missing tooth.
How can missing teeth affect overall health?
    1. Conventional dentures may cause elderly patients to avoid many types of foods such as raw vegetables, nuts, steak. This can be due to difficulty when chewing. When these types of food are avoided, it may lead to malnutrition.
    2. Patients with missing teeth may suffer from discomfort, malodor, function difficulties, weakened facial support, and low self‐esteem, which may lead to a decrease in the overall quality of life.
    3. Missing teeth can lead to periodontal disease (and poor nutrition), which is linked to an increased risk of developing systemic diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune conditions, and bacterial infections.
How is a permanent partial denture placed?

Placing a permanent partial denture, or bridge, usually requires two visits. During your first visit, your gentle Lincoln dentist prepares the teeth surrounding the gap to which your bridge will later be attached. At this appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and the gap. This impression will be sent to a dental lab where technicians will make the bridge out of ceramics, metal, glass-ceramics, or a combination of these materials. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect your prepared teeth during your wait for your permanent bridge. At your second appointment, once the permanent bridge is made, it will be fitted, adjusted, and cemented into place.

What is the cost of removable partial dentures in Lincoln, NE?

Removable partial dentures begin at $300-$500. They typically come with a limited warranty, in a pre-set size, and don’t last as long as the higher quality options. Higher quality partial dentures include metal framework and cost between $2,000-$3,000. Top quality partial dentures are made of top-notch materials and the cost includes several follow-up visits to ensure a completely personalized, comfortable custom fit, and a warranty for several years.

We understand that losing your teeth can be a scary thing. Let our caring Lincoln dentists help you through the process of replacing them with the solution that is right for you. Even if you already have an existing partial denture and want a more comfortable, permanent solution, we can help determine if you are a candidate for implant retained dentures. To learn more about the implant retained denture procedure and find out if you are a good candidate, please schedule an appointment today at Coddington Dental.

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What is the cost of implant supported partial dentures in Lincoln, NE?

An implant supported partial denture is the same as an implant retained bridge. Implant retained bridges are supported by 2 to 4 dental implants. Treatment cost depends on the number of implants used along with the span/size of your new implant supported partial dentures.

What is the cost for partial dentures for one tooth in Lincoln, NE?

The cost for an acrylic partial denture in Lincoln, NE for one tooth usually costs around $500. This is often a temporary solution and is used during the time when a patient is healing after dental implant placements while waiting for their permanent solution, a dental implant.

What is the least expensive partial denture?

A partial denture made of acrylic instead of metal is the least expensive option for a partial denture. Acrylic partial dentures can break more easily and become loose quicker than other partial denture options.

Can I whiten my partial denture?

Partial dentures do not whiten like natural teeth because they are artificial. To minimize staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or a soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained while keeping your mouth healthy. Moisten the brush and apply a non-abrasive soap or denture paste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive). Brush every surface, inside and out, scrubbing gently. A variety of over-the-counter denture cleanser products may be safely used to remove most stains. A weekly 10-minute soak in diluted household bleach is recommended, but discuss it with your dentist first.

How long in a day should I wear my partial denture?

You may be advised to wear your partial dentures constantly for the first few days following your fitting. Once your mouth adjusts to your partial dentures, you should remove them before you go to bed. This will allow your gums to rest and prevent any fungal infections from developing.

How long will a partial denture last?

Accidents happen, and the mouth is constantly changing. Due to a changing mouth, dentures may need to be replaced for a proper fit. Dentures can also break, bend, or simply wear out. There is nothing made for the mouth that is truly permanent. In some situations, such as if a clasp fractures, your denture may be able to be repaired. On average, a partial denture is expected to last about five years. Depending upon the circumstances, a removable prosthesis can last a shorter or longer time.

My partial dentures are loose, what should I do?

Over time, partial dentures will need to be relined due to normal wear or will need to have the clasps adjusted or replaced. To reline a partial denture, our Lincoln dentist uses the existing prepared natural teeth and refits the denture base or makes a new partial denture base. Partial dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose, clasps do not fit over existing teeth, or the natural surrounding teeth show signs of significant wear.

Can I sleep with my partial dentures?

You can wear your dentures at night, but it is recommended that they are removed. Removing your dentures at night will give your gums, bone, and mouth a chance to rest from the pressure of the denture. If you need to wear your dentures for social reasons or to prevent your jaws from over closing, you should find time during the day to properly clean your mouth and your prosthesis. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without performing proper oral hygiene. Dentures should be cleaned and stored in water during the nighttime hours.

What about Eating with Partial Dentures?

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.

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