Published on March 2, 2019, Updated on December 20, 2021
Partial Dentures for 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 conveying 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 inline. The replacements are fabricated on a metallic structure which also fills 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. have 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. Temporary dentures are usually placed in a patient’s mouth while waiting for the completion of the fabrication of the permanent dentures.
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Contents: Partials vs. Traditional | Types of dentures | How much? | Appointment | FAQ
Partials vs. Traditional Full sets
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 counterparts 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.
Types of Partials and Materials used
Various types of removable partials are made using an assortment of materials. Together with our specialists, you can decide the type that you find most appealing, most comfortable, and most affordable. The available choices 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.
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 attachments 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 can use it for several years though.
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 is comfortable as well as looks exactly like natural ones. Plus, it can be used for a long time.
Fixed Bridge Partial
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 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. To prevent this possibility, the Maryland bridge connects directly to the supporting ones. Consequently, however, it does not appear as aesthetically pleasing. Each of the above descriptions 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 whole mouth restoration that looks very appealing. The lower jaw may 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 is 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 a 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. Check out our other False teeth options to know more.
How much does Partial Dentures cost?
Depending on the kind of materials used, the number of missing teeth as well as their locations, partial dentures cost between $400 to $1,800 per Arch. If you have a dental insurance plan, it may help lessen the total expenses.
Partial false teeth nearby
Having a set of false teeth fabricated by inexperienced dentists is probably not going to have a 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 the 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. Additionally, nih.gov has this to say: “Using dentures is linked to lower risks for musculoskeletal frailty among older Americans.”
We at Highland Oak Dental are committed to providing only the best dental care experience in the community of Frisco. We ensure that our patients are comfortable during their visit to our office and come out satisfied with the results. We are knowledgeable in our practices and proficient in performing them. 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.
Our caring team is excited to meet and help you in achieving your dental goals. Give us a call and set up an appointment with us today!
Our Experienced Dentists Will Help With Your Custom Set of New Teeth
For comfortable and durable partial replacements and a positive experience, come see us at our office in Frisco, TX. We are conveniently located close to Prosper and right outside Plano, Texas. We will get you smiling and living your best life again with a natural-looking smile. We love taking care of our neighbors and community.
FAQs for Artificial Partial Teeth
How much does a partial denture cost for 2 teeth?
Depending on the kind of materials used as well as the teeth’ locations, the cost of a partial denture for two teeth ranges from $600 to $800.
How much does a 3 tooth partial cost?
The price for a partial for three to four teeth is estimated to be around $700 to $900. This will still depend on the type of materials used and the location of the teeth.
How much is a flexible partial?
Compared to traditional acrylic dentures, flexible partials are lighter. They cost approximately between $800 and $3000 depending on the missing teeth’ location as well as the kind of materials used. Contact us now to know more.
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