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What Are Partial Dentures?

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You have plenty of options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Whether you’re looking to fill a single gap or a series of them, deciding on how to get it done is the first step—and we can help!

One such solution is partial dentures. Partial dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace one or more missing teeth. These are a common dental solution that can improve both functionality and aesthetics. For those looking to restore their smile, we can help you learn all you need to about partial dentures.

Introduction to Partial Dentures

The primary purpose of partial dentures is to fill the gaps left by missing teeth, thereby preventing the remaining teeth from shifting. This helps maintain proper alignment and bite, reducing the risk of oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay.

They’re custom-made to fit your mouth and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Partial dentures help restore your ability to chew and speak properly while also enhancing your smile.

There are several types of partial dentures. Some types depend on what and how many teeth you’re looking to replace, but the most significant difference typically comes down to their material. Each one is designed to meet different needs and preferences, so understanding these types can help you choose the best option for your situation.

Plastic & Polymer Partial Dentures

Traditional partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-coloured plastic and polymer base. They are usually held in place by metal clasps that attach to your natural teeth. These dentures are generally easier to repair, reliable, and cost-effective.

Metal-Based Partial Dentures

Metal-based partial dentures feature a metal framework for added strength and durability. They tend to be less bulky and can provide a more secure fit. However, they are generally more expensive than other types of partial dentures and some find them more irritating to wear.

Implant-Supported Partial Dentures

Unlike other partial dentures that use clasps to secure themselves, implant-supported dentures are anchored in place by dental implants, which are small titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone. These implants act as artificial tooth roots, providing a stable and secure foundation for the dentures.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures offer numerous benefits that go beyond merely replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures help distribute the forces in your mouth more evenly when you chew, reducing strain on your remaining teeth. They also help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting, which can lead to bite problems and other oral health issues.

Partial dentures are also designed to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth, providing a seamless look many find aesthetically pleasing and can’t wait to show off.

An older woman happily discusses caring for her dentures with her dentist.

Who Needs Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are suitable for various dental conditions and age groups. We can recommend partial dentures for those with several missing teeth, particularly when those gaps are not adjacent. They’re also beneficial for people who are not good candidates for dental implants or fixed bridges due to health reasons or budget constraints.

While partial dentures are sometimes associated with older adults, they can benefit individuals of any age who have lost multiple teeth. If someone has lost teeth due to an injury or other dental issue, dentures could be a practical solution.

The Process of Getting Partial Dentures

The journey to getting partial dentures involves several steps, from the initial consultation to post-fitting care. We begin with a thorough examination of your oral health, including X-rays and impressions of your mouth. This will help determine the best type of partial denture for your needs.

Once the initial assessment is complete, we’ll take a mould of your mouth. This mould is used to create a custom-fitted partial denture. Once ready, you’ll have a fitting appointment to ensure the dentures fit comfortably and securely. We may need to make minor adjustments—but it’s all in order to make them work for you! You’ll also receive instructions on how to care for your new dentures to keep them in excellent condition.

Maintaining & Caring for Partial Dentures

Proper maintenance of your partial dentures is essential for their longevity and your oral health. Clean your dentures daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleanser. Rinse them thoroughly after meals and before putting them back in your mouth—if they’re removable, that is.

Regular dental check-ups are also crucial to keep your partial dentures in good condition and fit properly. We can happily make any necessary adjustments and check for signs of wear or damage.

What Are the Next Steps?

Partial dentures are a valuable solution for those missing several teeth, offering improved oral health, functionality, and aesthetics. If you’re curious about the benefits of partial dentures, visit our team at Outdoor Dental! Our friendly and knowledgeable dental professionals are here to guide you through the process and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to book your appointment and take the first step towards the radiant smile you deserve.

Jay Patel

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Dr. Jay Patel

Dr. Patel aims to provide Calgarians with comprehensive oral health care and preventive dental care focused on improving overall well-being. This shows in Dr. Patel’s focus on preventing diseases and achieving effective dental results through patient education and the use of advanced dental technology.

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