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Is a Partial Best for Your Mouth?


Posted on 3/25/2017 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
An elderly woman about to receive a partial denture.
Your teeth are important. Not only do they allow you to eat and speak properly, they also help to keep your jaw strong and in alignment. When you lose your teeth, even only a few, eating and speaking can become a chore.

Your remaining teeth begin to shift around as your jaw weakens, throwing off your bite as well as the alignment of your jaw, which can lead to pain. One option to replace several missing teeth is a partial denture. But is it right for you?

What are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are removable prosthetic teeth, meant to fill in the spaces left by the natural teeth you have lost, restoring your ability to eat and speak.

They are created from a mold of your mouth, ensuring a proper fit. Partial dentures are held in place by metal wires that attach to your surrounding healthy teeth.

You Have Several Teeth Missing in One Area
There are a few options to replace a few teeth in one area. You can have partial dentures or a bridge. However, a bridge uses crowns to anchor the appliance in place, and having to span a wide space can make it susceptible to more problems.

For this reason, bridges are good for small gaps. Partial dentures work better if you have a large number of teeth missing from the same section of your mouth.

Easier Maintenance
Over time, your jawbone will begin to lose density in the spaces where you are missing teeth. While a partial denture, or a bridge, can hold your natural teeth in place, it can't stop this from occurring. When density is lost, your jaw changes shape. This means that your appliance will no longer fit properly.

A bridge is cemented to your surrounding teeth, so fixing it becomes more involved. A partial denture is much more easily altered, as you can simply remove it.

Partial Denture Care

Caring for partial dentures is a bit more involved than caring for other appliances that are fixed in your mouth. You need to remove it every night and brush it gently with a soft bristled brush and take extra care around the clasps.

Of course, you still need to brush and floss your natural teeth as well. You also need to let the partial denture soak overnight, which helps to remove bacteria that might be hiding in microscopic pores.

Partial dentures are just one of the many options you have available to replace missing teeth. Contact our office to find out if they are best for you.

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