Just because you lost a tooth or teeth doesn’t mean that you have to live the rest of your life with a gap in your mouth. Besides affecting your appearance, a missing tooth can alter the way you eat and speak. Even worse, it can lead to jawbone loss.
For these reasons, it’s important to get a tooth replacement as soon as possible after tooth extraction. While you have several dental prostheses to choose from, you may want to consider partial dentures. A partial denture is one of the most common and cost-effective prostheses for teeth loss.
Also known as partials, partial dentures are artificial teeth that replace one or a few lost teeth. Unlike full dentures that restore an entire set of missing teeth, partial dentures only replace a specific number of teeth, either in the upper or lower jaw.
Partial dentures are removable and are usually crafted from a combination of acrylic and metal. These materials give the dentures a natural-tooth appearance and functionality, allowing you to chew and speak naturally.
You may need partial dentures if you’ve lost teeth due to any of the following reasons:
If you’re considering partial dentures, you should consult with your dentist first. The dentist will perform an exam of your dental health and recommend the best treatment option. If you’re eligible for partial dentures, the dentist will prepare you for the procedure.
Here are the benefits of getting a partial denture:
After tooth extraction, the adjacent teeth may begin to move or shift to compensate for the gap in your bite. This can weaken your teeth and lead to subsequent problems.
Partial dentures will protect your remaining teeth, preventing them from moving, weakening, and getting overused, which could cause wear and damage.
If you have a missing tooth in your mouth, it may lead to the shrinking of the bone tissues in the supporting jawbone. Getting an implant-supported partial denture ensures that your underlying dental structure – jawbone, gums, teeth, and facial muscles – remains active and healthy.
While it might feel awkward at first, partial dentures are easy to use and get used to. Besides, you can remove or adjust your partial dentures if you need to. After some time, you’ll find it easy and comfortable to speak and eat with them.
If well fitted and cared for, partial dentures can last a long time. The durability will depend on the material of the denture and maintenance. A well-maintained cast metal partial denture can last for up to 50 years.
Caring for partial dentures is easy and straightforward. Use the following tips:
If you’re considering partials and dentures in Marshfield, MA, or are just curious whether partial dentures are the right treatment for you, call Marshfield Dental Group to schedule your consultation today.