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What You Should Know About Partial Dentures

When you are missing teeth, it not only affects your smile; it can also lower your confidence and make it harder to eat or speak. Partial Dentures are designed to help you get back your natural smile, while allowing you to eat and speak more easily. They are often considered to be the simplest and most cost-effective tooth replacement solution available. However, there are some things you should know about Partial Dentures before you decide to go for them.

Partial dentures are custom-made by dentists based on models of your mouth. They can be made from a plastic resin, or they can be metal-based, usually a mixture of cobalt and chromium. The material your dentist chooses will depend on a number of factors, including the shape and position of the remaining teeth, your budget and your preference for the look of the appliance.

Most traditional partial dentures are anchored in place by using clasps that attach to the existing teeth. However, some dentists offer a more discreet option called precision attachments, which are more streamlined and esthetic than clasps. They are designed to match the colour of your gums, so they will be less visible in your smile.

Another benefit of a removable partial denture is that it can be fabricated faster than other tooth replacement solutions, such as dental bridges or dental implants. As a result, it is often used as a temporary replacement for missing teeth while the site heals.

It is important to realize that while a partial denture can improve your smile, it will not replace the roots of your existing teeth, so it cannot prevent further loss of teeth. As a result, it is essential to follow good oral health practices, such as brushing and flossing, and to visit your dentist or prosthodontist on a regular basis.

You should also note that a partial denture may not function as well as other tooth replacement solutions, such as a dental bridge or a dental implant, and it can also be more difficult to eat certain foods, particularly crunchy or sticky ones. It is also important to keep in mind that a partial denture will need to be replaced regularly, since your gums and other supporting tissues continue to change over time.

Partial Dentures are an excellent choice for many people who have some healthy natural teeth left, but need to fill in gaps or cover a large gap. While they are not the best tooth replacement option for everyone, there is no doubt that a removable partial can significantly enhance your smile and your quality of life. To learn more about your options for tooth replacement, please schedule a consultation with a dentist or prosthodontist. We will be happy to discuss the advantages of each option with you in more detail and answer any questions you may have. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile! Call us today to get started.

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