​Considerations Before Investing In Partial Dentures

Partial Denture

When you find yourself in need of replacing several teeth at a time, you may be offered partial dentures as an option. Partial dentures are differentiated from regular dentures by the fact that they are used to replace only some of your teeth when you still have healthy original teeth remaining. However, there are some considerations you should review before you invest in a set of partial dentures.

Kinds Of Tooth Replacement

There are three common types of teeth replacement with one temporary option. These teeth replacement options are:

  • Dental implant – Longest lasting tooth replacement, this option is best when you are only missing one or two teeth. A dental implant, once the site of the implant is healed, will act and look exactly like your other teeth. It is also the most expensive option.
  • Fixed bridge work – This type of replacement can also be costly, depending on how many teeth need to be part of the bridge. It is affixed by grinding down the neighboring teeth and then the dental bridge is cemented on the ground down teeth.
  • Partial dentures – Commonly made to act like a removable retainer, partial dentures are generally designed to replace the loss of back molars. This teeth replacement is removable and is custom-fitted to snap snugly into place. Generally one of the most affordable option when you are missing many teeth but still have natural teeth worth saving.
  • Temporary partial – Also called a ‘flipper’, this tooth replacement is just for aesthetic purposes. It will sit directly on the gums and has no other support and is only used between tooth extraction and the healing of the extraction site so that a dental implant may be placed.

Who Should Consider Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can be a positive investment for many kinds of teeth-related needs. These positive attributes are:

  • Less invasive – For those who need multiple teeth replaced, a partial denture can be a less invasive teeth replacement options instead of multiple surgeries to put in dental implants.
  • Lower cost – When you are missing enough teeth that partial dentures are an option, the partials are usually the most affordable option.
  • Save teeth – Choosing partial dentures allows you to save some of your natural teeth, as the other option is that you have your original top teeth but then have a removable or implanted lower denture.
  • Addition possible – Depending on materials and location, it is possible to add to your partial dentures over time.

Downsides Of Partial Dentures

There are some downsides to choosing to invest in partial dentures, as no teeth replacement option is perfect. Those cons are:

  • Must remove – You need to remove the partial denture nightly for cleaning and sleep. This can bother some people, as they do not want to be without their teeth.
  • Adjustment time – As this kind of teeth replacement is removable, your mouth may adjust more slowly to the partial denture.
  • Plaque buildup – There may be an increase in plaque buildup in the teeth where the partial denture rests against.
  • Additional trauma – If you suffer any kind of trauma to your gums or remaining natural teeth, your partial may become shifted uncomfortably.
  • Bone loss – Over time you will suffer bone loss at the sites where you are missing teeth. This can cause a shift in your remaining teeth, causing your partial denture to no longer fit correctly.

There are many things you need to consider before you choose to have a partial denture. Here at Castle Rock Dental, Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan are ready to help support you through your life’s oral health needs. So contact us today and see what we can do to help with your oral health needs.

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