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Partial Dentures as Replacements For Missing Teeth

Partial Dentures – Why Would I Want One?

A full or partial denture is a removable appliance with artificial teeth to replace missing natural teeth and gum tissue. A full denture replaces all the teeth in one arch while a partial denture replaces just the missing teeth present in a dental arch and may often use the remaining teeth to help support and maintain the partial denturePartial dentures can fill in the space missing from the loss of teeth, gums and the supporting bone.

 

Patient's smile prior to any restorations.

Patient’s smile prior to any restorations.

Patient is happy to smile and chew food with confidence!

Patient is happy to smile and chew food with confidence! Bite has been restored with a lower precision partial and crowns upper and lower teeth.

 

There are even precision partial dentures that use specialized attachments to help the denture to feel more secure and look more natural.

A precision partial might be selected rather than a standard partial for a more secure, more functional result.  When we use precision attachments, there is no need for visible clasp arms.  See the photos below, Existing upper and lower teeth restored with crowns, missing lower teeth restored with a precision partial denture. Note absence of any clasp arms.

 

Severe wear, missing and fractured teeth.

Severe wear, missing and fractured teeth.

Existing upper and lower teeth restored with crowns, missing lower teeth restored with a precision partial denture.  Note absence of any clasp arms.

Existing upper and lower teeth restored with crowns, missing lower teeth restored with a precision partial denture. Note absence of any clasp arms.

Removable partial denture with aesthetic, gum colored clasps.

Removable partial denture with aesthetic, gum colored clasps.

What are the benefits of replacing your missing teeth with a full or partial denture?

Flexible and durable partial denture replacing several posterior teeth.

Flexible and durable partial denture replacing several posterior teeth.

The seated flexible partial denture.

The seated flexible partial denture.

  • Restored aesthetics and function
  • Improved chewing and speaking
  • Prevent shifting and drifting of remaining teeth
  • Eliminate or minimize the wrinkling of skin around the mouth from lack of support.

It may take you awhile to get used to your new partial denture.  There will be sore spots and gum tenderness.  Usually there is an adjustment period when you may experience excessive saliva, or difficulty speaking.  This will improve with time and practice.

 

Partial comparison, one with metal clasps, one with flexible clasps.

Partial comparison, one with metal clasps, one with flexible clasps.

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