Sherwood Park Partial Dentures
If you are missing certain teeth and still have some of your natural teeth present, partial dentures may be the solution for you. Partial dentures are a removable solution to replace one or many missing teeth. They can be used for permanent replacement or temporary replacement. They can be particularly beneficial if you are waiting to remove or replace your existing teeth for a more permanent solution like implants or you want an adaptive option that can also replace surrounding tissue.
What is A Partial Denture?
Similar to complete dentures, a partial denture is comprised of a framework taken from a mould of your mouth. Attached to this framework are false teeth, which sit in the gaps to replace the missing teeth. The framework fits around your existing teeth and uses them for support. The framework can be made out of cast metal or created using a resin or plastic base with natural pink colours. Metal framework is used for long term replacement due to strength while resin bases are usually used for temporary options.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
- Secures Tooth Position - The dentures are made to suit your exact mouth layout and therefore ensure that other teeth do not drift into different positions over time.
- Can be temporary - It allows you to decide what is best for you.
- Natural Aesthetics - The missing teeth are designed so that they complement your features and look as natural as possible in your mouth and matching surrounding tissue.
- Less Invasive - The procedure itself simply requires consultation, taking moulds and various fittings to ensure the best fit as well as making adjustments if required.
- Boosts Confidence - Missing teeth can be embarrassing for some, particularly if they are in prominent places and partial dentures can help to reduce these anxieties.
- Increasing function - People are normally concerned with gaps in their teeth for cosmetic reasons but replacement can actually benefit oral health. Gaps occasional cause increased debris on the teeth surrounding the gaps as well as putting more pressure on them when eating. Replacing those missing teeth allows an increase in chewing function.
Quick Facts About Partial Dentures:
- Partial dentures can make saying certain words trickier, particularly in the beginning, as you get used to them. Over time your mouth and tongue adapt to the new appliance.
- Dentures should be taken out at night to let your gums and mouth rest.
- Avoiding hard-shelled food as well as consuming anything overly sticky (including chewing gum) should be avoided with dentures because they can damage or dislodge the false teeth and structures.
If you are having issues with your current dentures or if you think this may be an option for you, seek the advice of a dentist. If you want to discuss your options or book a consultation for partial dentures, contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.