Traditional dentures are great for those who are missing several teeth but still have healthy ones that shouldn’t be extracted. Since healthy teeth stimulate the jawbone, we always prefer to save as many of them as possible. Partial dentures are a middle ground between a single tooth restoration and an entire new arch, making it the perfect prosthetic for many patients.
Partials typically consist of multiple artificial teeth held in place by clasps and a metal framework. The dentures are connected to your natural teeth while wearing them, but they are removable for easy cleaning.
To create the dentures, the dentist will first take an impression or use 3D imaging to create a digital scan of your oral region. We will send this information off to a lab where a technician will create them using exact specifications for a comfortable fit.
Once we place the dentures, you can expect them to feel a little awkward at first, but they should feel much more natural after you’ve adjusted.
If you’re wondering if partials are the best restoration for you, the answer is – it depends. Several factors are in play when determining which treatment option you should choose, but the dentist is there to help you decide.
One of the biggest things to consider is if you want your new teeth to be removable or permanent. In some cases, dental bridges are more convenient, especially if you’re worried about losing or breaking your partials.