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Partial Dentures Work Well for Those With a Few Missing Teeth
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Whether from tooth decay, gum infection or accident, it's not uncommon for people of any age to lose teeth. Gone are the days when that meant a permanent loss that could never be reversed. Advances in dentistry in the form of bridges and dentures have ensured that you don't have to suffer the embarrassment of a missing tooth forever, and that your mouth can regain full functionality in a matter of weeks.
What are Partial Dentures?
Dentures are removable pieces that fill in for missing teeth. Depending on the severity of your teeth loss, our dentists may suggest either a complete or partial denture. When a patient has suffered a loss of all their teeth, we recommend a complete denture. In cases of partial tooth loss, either from an injury or infection, our doctors will encourage you to go for partial dentures. They are artificial teeth fixed to a plastic framework that's pink in color. In certain cases, a metal structure is used to keep the teeth in their position.
Advantages of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures do an excellent job of mimicking the appearance and function of natural teeth. As they fill the space left by the missing teeth, they take off the pressure from the adjoining teeth. They also help the natural teeth stay in their position and not move in a skewed direction. Partial dentures are also comfortable to wear.
Do I Need Partial Dentures?
Only after a detailed examination will our dentists be able to suggest partial dentures for you. It depends on the number of teeth you have lost, whether you lost them in the lower or upper jaw and the condition of the adjoining teeth. If they decide so, you will be able to get natural-looking partial dentures in just a couple of visits.