Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace a few missing teeth but not all of them. At Collins Dental, they are often a suitable alternative to bridges or implants when a patient may not qualify for that procedure. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base designed to fit securely around your existing teeth. The partial denture is removable and should be carefully cleaned daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste to prevent cavities or other problems. Also, it would help if you still visited the dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong.
The Procedure for Partials Dentures
Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which will then be sent to a lab to create your custom partial denture. It generally takes two to three weeks for your dentist to receive your partial back from the lab. Once it is ready, you can return to the dentist’s office for your partial place. Then you can enjoy the benefits your partial can provide you! Partials are composed of replacement teeth attached to a metal frame that clips around existing teeth for support. All the pieces snap together and stay in place with suction or denture adhesive. This makes it easy to take the partial out for cleaning.
The Benefits Of Partial Dentures
- You don’t have to wait as long for the dental implants to heal before you receive a tooth replacement. You’ll be able to enjoy a complete smile sooner without relying on a temporary prosthetic in the meantime!
- You can avoid the embarrassment of having missing teeth. Many people feel uncomfortable smiling or laughing if they have gaps in their smile, but a partial can restore your confidence by filling in those gaps.
- They don’t require invasive oral surgery. Many patients find getting implants painful, but opting for a removable denture is a more accessible alternative that doesn’t make you cringe just thinking about it.
- You may also notice that chewing and biting are also much more accessible. As you wear your partial denture, you will notice that other teeth become more stable. This means that your remaining natural teeth are less likely to shift out of place, a common problem for people with missing teeth. Over time, you will also find that eating becomes more accessible and enjoyable. This is because your loose or missing teeth had caused you to chew improperly, which could cause digestion problems even after your teeth were restored with a prosthetic such as a partial denture.
Partial dentures can also improve the look of your smile by making your face appear fuller. Get in touch with Collins Dental at 1900 7th St., Las Vegas, NM 87701, or call (505) 425-3331 for more information.