Partial Dentures Replace Missing Teeth
Partial prosthetics can restore the function that is missing when we lose teeth. They are essential for eating solid foods, verbalizing properly, and also to convey feelings with a lovely smile. Oral health, likewise, has an impact on a person’s overall health or well-being. However, unfortunate incidents can take place such as losing a tooth or several through extraction, sickness, accident, or from sustained poor oral health.
The extraction results in gaps that are embarrassing and unpleasant to look at. Our skilled dentists can provide you with plenty of treatment options using partial dentures or bridges, regardless if you have lost only one of your natural ones or almost all of them. Depending on how many are missing and have to be restored, the restorations can be either complete (traditional) or partial. Partial dentures bring back your capability to chew and eat, as well as to improve your smile. They also retain your facial contours, lower susceptibility for gum disease, and restrain shifting of the teeth. Additionally, they help to release extreme stresses on the jaw.
A semi or partial prosthesis is used whenever a patient is missing only a single tooth or some in line. The replacements are fabricated on a metallic structure which also fill the gap. A gum-colored plastic can as well be used to make the base, making it even bendable. They obtain support from the adjacent good ones using wire clasps or else by adhesion to hold the crowns. In the case of wire clasps, the fixture can be removed by the patient and reinserted when cleaning, etc. has been done. As to bridges, the artificial ones have to be permanent. It is typically made out of acrylic and in a color that matches the rest of the healthy ones.
Partials vs Traditional
Partial, along with full dentures, satisfy different requirements. When only a number of them must be replaced, the benefits of one outweigh those of the other. The following are the main differences:
- If a patient has lost almost all of his/her teeth, traditional complete dentures have to be used. Partial sets, on the other hand, are going to replace a couple to three straight ones in the jaw.
- Partial dentures feature the benefit of keeping the natural ones in place, and only the missing ones are substituted. Full sets are going to do away with all the rest of them.
- They can be fixed or removable. The fixed sets are otherwise called bridges. There are also implant supported bridges, and they are called as such because they are supported on implants.
- Partial sets are less expensive than the complete versions.
- Retention of semi prosthetics, as well as their stability, is significantly higher compared to their traditional counterpart as they obtain support from the adjoining natural teeth, the oral soft tissues and also the jaw bone. However, retention for the traditional set depends on the soft tissues and the jaw bone alone.
Different Kinds of Partial False Teeth
Various types of removable partials are made using an assortment of materials. Together with our specialist, you can decide the type that you find most appealing, most comfortable, and most affordable. The choices that are available are as follows:
- Cast Metal Removable – The most common type that showcases good strength or durability among some of its benefits. Attachment on the supporting ones is mostly through metallic wire clasps. Aesthetic attachments are available as well, but are more expensive. With proper care, this type can last for many years.
- Acrylic Removable – This is the least costly type; otherwise known as a “flipper”. The acrylic version is considered substandard when compared to the semi denture made of cast metal. This is because its base has to be thick and bulky so that it becomes more resilient against breakage. Metal clasps are used as attachment on the supporting ones that can be seen every time the user smiles and talks. In general, the flipper provides a momentary solution while the actual restoration is still being prepared. People are able to use it for several years though.
- Flexible – The flexible type offers convenience to those who feel uncomfortable using the stiff acrylic or cast metal base. It features a thin base made of nylon material that is sensitive to heat and flexible all together. The clasps, made of gum colored wires, are thin and go into the gaps in-between the existing teeth. So, it really is comfortable as well as looks exactly like natural ones. Plus, it can be used for a long time.
- Fixed Bridge – The fixed bridge offers superior restoration for somebody with one or a couple of them needing replacement. It comes with artificial ones has a crown on both sides and is mounted onto the healthy teeth. It then relies on the healthy ones for support. The ones chosen as crowns have to be slightly trimmed to make room for the crown’s thickness. This fixture is permanent as suggested by the name itself. You brush and floss it as you would natural ones. The space below the bridge has to be cleaned as well, which does increase the likelihood of them becoming sensitive. In order to prevent this possibility, the Maryland bridge connects directly on the supporting ones. Consequently, however, it does not appear as aesthetically pleasing. Each of the above description is basically for the partial front dentures. Whenever the back molars are involved, support for the artificial ones is going to be from one side, in which case a cantilever bridge will most likely be used.
- Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge – For this type of bridge, the existing teeth do not have to be damaged for attachment. Implant or implants work like the roots of natural ones within the jaw bone. There can be many, and not just two or three. An adequate amount of screwed implants on the jaw bone, at angulations and locations that are well calculated, can create a complete arch or complete mouth restoration that looks very appealing. The lower jaw may actually require a greater quantity of implants than the one above. This implant supported bridge offers a permanent solution, minus the limitations of traditional false teeth. For this reason, the implant supported bridge along with the complete prosthetic set are turning out to be very popular even though they are quite more expensive.
We advise our patients to opt for the implant supported removable, if not fixed prosthesis. The reason is that these prosthetics are very durable, extremely comfortable, as well as feel and look like natural teeth. In our practice, however, we will help you decide on the most suitable dental service for yourself. Find out more about our implant supported dentures.
How Are Partial Dentures Made
Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. When you go to a dental office, your specialist will take a mold of your existing upper and lower teeth. This helps them calculate for the best alignment and the best practice options for your new set. If you opt for flipper, they can have it finished in one session. For other kinds, you will have to wear a temporary one until the new dentures have been made in the lab. Plastic dentures can be made quickly, but others can take more than two weeks.
Additionally, nih.gov has this to say: “Using dentures is linked to lower risks for musculoskeletal frailty among elder Americans,” Having a set of false teeth fabricated by inexperienced dentists are probably not going to have a really drastic prognosis, but it will surely cause constant discomfort for a long time, as well as even social humiliation. Being able to smile beautifully again along with functional capability for chewing as well as for speaking is truly important. And it can cost a lot, especially if you choose the current trendy implant supported bridge. So, you need to find a professional and experienced dental practitioner who is reputable and can replace the ones you have without having to perform any major surgery or extraction. We will help you choose the most suitable option for yourself., At the same time, we will try our best to address any concerns or questions you might have regarding cost and treatment. Check out all available options here.
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