What Are Partial Dentures? Everything You Need to Know

If you have missing teeth, then you may have heard about partial dentures as a possible solution. Here is everything you need to know about partial dentures.

The saying goes, a smile is worth a thousand words, but if you are unhappy with your smile, then it can be a real blow to your self-confidence. 

If you are not extremely satisfied with your smile, you are not alone. Did you know that according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) over one-third of Americans are unhappy about their smile? 

Continue reading on to learn more about partial dentures, why they may be the perfect option for you, and the types of partial dentures available to you. 

What Are Partial Dentures

Your bad teeth may be caused by bad teeth health, bad genetics, bad dental care, or a combination of all of these. When teeth do get bad, they fall out over time. When you start to lose some teeth, partial dentures may help you. 

Partial dentures are removable fake teeth that are made to look real. Partial dentures can be made from a wide variety of types of metals or plastics. 

In order to be a good candidate for partial dentures, you must have some teeth on your top or bottom jaw. If you are missing all of your teeth either on the top or bottom jaw, then you may require full dentures or another alternative option. 

Why Partial Dentures May Be The Best Option 

Partial dentures are a great option for people who need to replace a missing tooth for several reasons:

  • More Cost-Effective
  • No Surgery is Required
  • Easy to Repair or Replace Overtime
  • Easy to Clean

If you are missing a few teeth and feel self-conscious about your smile, partial dentures look like real teeth. Generally, no one will know that you have partial dentures so that you can smile with confidence.

Another added benefit that people have found by getting partial dentures is an improvement in their eating. When you are missing teeth chewing becomes more difficult, and depending on the location, and how many teeth you are missing, you may not be able to chew your favorite steak or other foods. With partial dentures, you can chew some of those hard foods again. 

Types of Partial Dentures 

There are five different types of partial dentures. Each type uses different materials, and the cost varies between each type. The five types of partial dentures to discuss with your dentist include: 

  1. Titanium Metal Framework Partial Dentures 
  2. Wironium Cast Metal Partial Dentures
  3. Valplast Flexible Removal Partial Dentures 
  4. Acetal Resin or Thermoflex Removable Partial Dentures 
  5. Acrylic Removable Partial Dentures 

Your dentist can help you decide which type of partial denture will be best for you based on the anatomy of your mouth, how many teeth you have remaining, the condition of your remaining teeth, and should discuss with you what your overall goals are for your smile. 

Show Off Your New Smile

Protecting your teeth is important but, sometimes it is too late, and the damage is already done, or you have bad genetics when it comes to teeth health. Whatever the case may be, if you are missing some teeth, then ask your dentist about partial dentures, so you do not have to be self-conscious about your teeth and can start smiling again. 

If you found this article about partial dentures helpful, make sure you read more from the health and fitness section of our blog. 

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