Partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth. They are made of an acrylic base that fits over the remaining teeth and gums, with replacement teeth attached. These replacement teeth are usually made of acrylic but can also be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination.
The Procedure for Partial Dentures
The procedure used to secure partial dentures is relatively simple. The teeth that need to be removed are first removed. The gums are then measured, and a mold is made of the roof of the mouth. This mold is used to create a denture that will fit perfectly. Once the mold is complete, a partial denture is created from the mold.
Your dentist will examine your mouth and jaw before recommending partial dentures. If your dentist discovers you have gum disease or other dental issues, they will likely recommend you get treatment for that condition first.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
The prosthesis replaces missing teeth, allowing you to chew a wide range of foods again. The partial denture is removable, allowing you to quickly remove it before eating. Once removed, you can clean it and put it back in after you eat.
Most patients find that chewing with a partial denture is much easier than trying to chew without any teeth. The denture can take the place of missing teeth, allowing you to chew normally.
Missing a tooth can cause speech problems. You can avoid this issue by getting a partial denture, which fills in the gap and restores your ability to speak clearly.
Decrease in jaw pain
Partial dentures can take the pressure off of your jaw caused by the missing tooth. This relief can be felt almost immediately.
When you’re missing teeth, you might feel self-conscious about your smile and avoid social interactions. Partial dentures help restore your smile, improving your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Improved oral health
In addition to boosting your confidence, partial dentures also improve your overall oral health. Tooth loss results in jawbone atrophy, causing your cheeks to appear sunken. With partial dentures, you can repair your jawbone and restore your cheeks to their proper appearance.
Reduced tooth decay
Partial dentures are designed to support your remaining natural teeth. They can help prevent the shifting of your natural teeth, which can eventually lead to the occurrence of tooth decay.
To learn more about our dental services, call Lanham Smiles Family Dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment. You can also visit our dental office located at 9500 Annapolis Road, Suite C6, Lanham, MD 20706.