Your teeth are an important part of your body. There are times when you lost one or two of these due to varying circumstances such as due to an accident, ailment, lack of proper oral hygiene, or it needs to be extracted by your dentist. Regardless of how your tooth got lost, these can be an awkward situation for you as smiling with a missing tooth or two can be embarrassing.
Thankfully, we have various Restorative dentistry treatments to solve this problem such as bridges and dentures when you are missing one, some or all of your natural teeth. These types of prosthetics can be partial sets or complete sets (traditional dentures). The type you need depends on the number of missing teeth you have. Removable partials are excellent in restoring your ability to smile and chew food. It also helps to maintain the natural contour and minimize the risk of gum problems. Partials also help to prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting on the space left by the missing teeth. It also helps relieve the excessive stress from your jaws.
Partial dentures are used when a patient has lost one, two, or several teeth in succession. It can be achieved in several ways and the same number of false teeth can be attached to a metallic frame which fills in the gaps.
Partials vs. Traditional Full sets
If you still don’t know what is best for you, both these treatments serve different needs and each has its pros and cons. Below are the difference of partials and full set of dentures.
- Function – Complete sets are required when a patient has lost most of the teeth in the jaw. Partials will replace a tooth or more missing teeth in a jaw.
- Extraction – Partial dentures are often used to prevent other teeth from getting extracted as only the missing teeth are replaced. Full sets will need all the remaining teeth to be removed.
- Permanent or Removable – Partial dentures can either be fixed or removable. Fixed partial dentures are also called dental bridges. Bridges are supported by implants and are called implant-supported bridges. Traditionals most of the time are removable.
- Price – Partials cost less than a complete set. Also the cost of extraction is accounted for in a complete set whereas partials often don’t need tooth extraction.
- Stability – Partials are greater than their traditional counterpart as it gains support from the adjacent natural teeth as well as its soft tissues and jawbones. Traditional dentures rely solely on the soft tissues and jawbone for retention.
Partial dentures types and material
There are various types of partial dentures available and each uses a variety of materials. The type of partial dentures will be something that the doctor and patient will decide and it’s mostly based on the patient’s comfort, looks, and how much the patient can afford the treatment. Here are some of the available solutions:
- Cast Metal Removable – This is the common type of partial denture because it has been known to be strong and very durable. These are attached to the support teeth using metallic wire clasps. There are more aesthetic attachments available,but it is often more expensive. Cast metal removable can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
- Acrylic Removable – Acrylic removable or the flipper is the cheapest kind of partial dentures. It is also an inferior type as the acrylic base needs to be thick and bulky to minimize the risk of breakage. It is attached to the teeth with metal clasps which is visible when a patient smiles or talks. Flippers are often a temporary solution and are needed when the actual restoration is being prepared. However, flippers can also last for years before needing replacement.
- Flexible – Flexible dentures are best for those uncomfortable with rigid base or cast metal acrylic. The base is a thin and heat-sensitive and flexible nylon material. The claps are made of gum-colored wires which can go into spaces of the existing ones. Therefore it is very comfortable and it looks natural.
- Fixed Bridge – Fixed bridges make an excellent restoration for someone who needs to replace one or two teeth. It is made of artificial teeth with crown on either side which can fit into the healthy surrounding teeth for support. It must be trimmed a little so that the crowns fit into the tooth. Because it is a permanent fixture, it has the strength and durability of a natural tooth, and it also needs to be clean like a natural tooth. Maryland bridges is another alternative,but it is not as aesthetically pleasing. All the statement above works on the front teeth, therefore at the back supports are available one side and a cantilever bridge may be used.
- Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge – Implant-supported bridges do not need to damage any existing teeth for the attachment. The implant is secured to the jawbone that acts like a natural root . The implants are not limited to two or three and with sufficient number of implants, full arch or full mouth restorations can be achieved. Additional number of implants may be needed for the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Implant-supported bridges are permanent and free of diet limitations of conventional false teeth. For this reason, implant-supported bridges and full prosthetics are becoming popular despite the additional cost.
Dentistry At Its Finest recommends the implant supported removable or fixed dentures because these are not just extremely durable, but are also very comfortable and it looks more natural than any other prosthetics available. But if you’re not sure, do ask us a question to help you decide which is the best one for you.
How much does Partial Dentures cost?
Cost for partial dentures ranges from $400 to $1,800 per Arch; depending on number of teeth, type of materials used and location of teeth – Top/Upper or Lower/Bottom. These can be affordable as dental insurance may help pay for partial dentures. Schedule an Appointment.
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Partial Dentures FAQ
What are the best partial dentures to get?
There are many types of partial dentures at Dentistry At Its Finest and all of these types can be used to replace a missing teeth. Most patients agree that flexible partial dentures are great for replacing missing teeth, and because these are very light, thin, and flexible compared to acrylic dentures.
Do partial dentures look natural?
Removable partials are replacement teeth that are attached to the gum. The color of the base closely matches the color of the patient’s gum and is attached either with a metal framework or a more natural-looking connector. Using high quality materials for the partials will make it look more natural.
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What is better, a bridge or a partial?
Both are great tooth replacement solutions and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Bridges are permanently attached to the surrounding teeth while partial are removable and are an excellent solution when the surrounding teeth are not healthy enough to support a bridge.
Do partials damage teeth?
A removable partial denture can increase plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and gum disease. It can also cause trauma to the abutment teeth due to repeated pressure or movement. However, if the patient has proper attention to oral hygiene and proper denture care, the problems above can be prevented.
Can you eat with partials?
Yes. It is possible to eat with partial dentures although it will take a while to get used to because it does not feel naturally in your mouth. It will take some time before you can adjust to eating normally again. Do not eat hard foods such apples particularly if you have partial front teeth. Instead, cut off small bites and eat using your back teeth. Do not eat tough meats, nuts, hard candy, and popcorn as it can damage your partials.
Are partial dentures worth it?
Any kind of tooth replacement is worth it because it prevents bone resorption around the empty socket. Bone resorption can cause a lot of oral health problems and it can prevent you from eating and speaking naturally.
How much does a partial denture cost for 2 teeth?
Typically, a partial denture for two teeth costs ranges from $600 to $800. The cost can also vary depending on what material is used and where a partial denture is needed.
How much does a 3 tooth partial cost?
A partial for three to four teeth can cost about $700 to $900, depending on materials used and where the location of partials are placed.
How much is a flexible partial denture?
Flexible partials are lighter than acrylic dentures. The cost of flexible partials are between $800 and $3000 and it depends on the material used and the location of the missing teeth.
Partial Dentures Near Me
When choosing a dentist, it should be near where you live, work, or go to school as it can save you a lot of time and money. Expect to have several treatment or follow-up appointments along with your routine visits later. If your dentist is close to you, your appointments will be faster and cheaper as you don’t need to spend a lot of time and money going to and from your dental office. Look for a dentist with excellent reviews in partial dentures and the one you’ll be happy working with.