Do you suffer from missing teeth? You would not think that a missing tooth or two would affect you very much, but in reality, missing teeth can be detrimental to your oral health. Missing teeth may cause pain, speech issues, chewing problems, and further erosion of healthy teeth. Because of this, it is not a great idea to leave alone a toothless space in your mouth without seeking the advice of a trusted dental professional.
Likewise, if you lose multiple teeth in the same section of your mouth, the frustrations and difficulties may only increase. The good news is that there are many options available to replace these teeth and curb the issues you are facing.
At East Valley Dental Professionals, we have many options available for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or a section of teeth, the most common solution is the use of partial dentures. Keep reading to learn more about partial dentures to help decide if partial dentures are the right solution for you.
What are Partial Dentures?
Full dentures are the replacement answer when someone suffers from an injury or tooth decay and loses all or most of their teeth. But what happens when someone only loses a single tooth or a few teeth in sections? It is not reasonable to remove several healthy teeth to fit them with full dentures. Therefore, you need a partial solution, and that solution is partial dentures.
Partial dentures are dental pieces that fit in your mouth and attach to your natural teeth. These pieces have a solid, plastic base, usually pink in color, with replacement teeth attached. Depending on your unique circumstances, they are created to be removable and may be a long-term or short-term solution.
Types of Partial Dentures
There are two overall types of partial dentures: removable partial dentures and fixed dentures.
Removable partial dentures come in various options that differentiate by the material that makes the base.
- Acrylic dentures are natural in appearance and cost-effective. However, many wearers admit this denture may feel bulky and difficult to manage.
- Cast metal dentures are made with a metal framework and are the most popular partial denture option. With proper care and wear, you can use a single cast metal denture for years.
- Flexible partial dentures are a hypoallergenic option made from thermoplastic. They are the most natural and comfortable option, though they are very expensive because they are not reparable if damaged.
Fixed dentures are also referred to as dental bridges or dental implants. Dentists intend this solution to be permanent and non-removable. They are an excellent remedy for those with healthy, existing teeth, gums, and bones to support the piece.
How Partial Dentures Work
Regardless of the type of partial denture, all sit on top of the gums. They attach to the remaining natural teeth through metal clasps that surround the teeth to secure them in place. Some wearers also opt to use dental adhesive for a more secure bond.
Partial dentures require healthy teeth in proper positions for attachment. Therefore, not everyone is a candidate for partial dentures. You should seek the advice of a trusted dentist to learn the best solution for you.
Replacing missing teeth with partial dentures allows you to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile while maintaining near-perfect functionality. Partial dentures are an excellent cosmetic option when replacing visible front teeth and will enable you to eat most regular foods without limiting you to eating soft foods.
Partial Dentures Cost
The cost of dentures runs anywhere from $800- $2500 and is entirely dependent upon your unique teeth situation and circumstance. The number of teeth you need replacing and the number of fitting appointments affect the price.
It also depends on the type of denture you select. Models that are easier to construct and less customizable tend to be less expensive, while models made of pricier materials that mimic a natural appearance are more costly.
The effort you take in caring for your dentures will extend the life and longevity of a single denture. First, ensure they have a proper fit in your mouth. Take notice of any sores or areas in the side of your mouth where the dentures rub in a painful way. Your dentist should be able to make adjustments to avoid this problem. A proper fit will ensure that you can wear your dentures for extended periods.
Dentures maintain their shape when they are kept moist, so you should keep them in a cup of solution or water overnight. Your dentist will instruct the proper method for your particular brand and style.
They also need to be brushed every day, just as your natural teeth. However, you should not clean them while they are attached to your mouth. For a proper brushing, remove the dentures and place them over a towel or soft surface to avoid damage if you accidentally drop them. Brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush or brush created for dentures.
Do not use regular toothpaste or household cleaners for cleaning since these are too harsh for the denture’s delicate nature. You should use a denture cleaner or paste that is made especially for dentures.
Partial Dentures at EVDP
When seeking a solution for your missing teeth, you want to know that you are in the hands of a trusted dentist. The American Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist for a routine cleaning every six months. Doing so will ensure that you build a relationship with your dentist and will allow them to stay ahead of any dental issues that may arise.
At East Valley Dental Professionals, we care about you and your oral health. We offer no-obligation consultations and free second opinions. If you believe that partial dentures may be the solution you need for your missing teeth, schedule an appointment with us at your convenience. We cannot wait to assist you.