Partial Dentures for Missing Teeth
Patients suffering from one or several missing or damaged teeth can choose to wear partial dentures to fill any gaps resulting from tooth loss or extraction. A removable partial denture comprises one or more false teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base with a metal attachment that latches to the adjacent tooth/teeth to hold the partial firmly in the mouth.
At Great Grins Dental in Austin, Dr. Fossum may recommend a partial to replace one, two, or three missing teeth because of the following reasons:
- Partial dentures are arguably the most affordable tooth replacement option
- Partial dentures are easy to fabricate and place, so there are fewer dental appointments. Acrylic partials can even be fitted on the same day.
- The procedure is safe, simple, and fast, with no surgery involved
- The procedure does not cause any damage to adjacent teeth, like with dental bridges
Fixed Bridge vs. Partial
Both partials and fixed bridges are used to fill gaps where there is one or more natural and healthy teeth remaining to hold the false tooth or teeth in place.
The artificial tooth in a fixed bridge is attached to crowns that are cemented to the teeth on either side of the space, making it a permanent procedure. Usually, the adjacent teeth have to be filed down to accommodate the crown and to ensure that they fit properly in the mouth, so they’re virtually undetectable. A partial denture, on the other hand, uses a metal attachment that is designed to latch onto the adjacent teeth to keep it in place. Partial dentures are removable.
Both options fill in gaps resulting from tooth loss, and help to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting in position. However, the procedure for partials does not involve the destruction of healthy natural teeth.
Types of Partial Dentures
Both partial and full dentures are very common because they are minimally invasive, and give you a natural look. Traditionally, they were referred to as false teeth because they were primarily designed to help you chew your food properly. But modern dentures also factor in aesthetics, proper fit, and design variation to appeal to people of all ages.
At Great Grins Dental in Austin, we offer several types of partials to suit your need and budget:
1. Cast metal partial denture
This is a very strong and less bulky denture material that offers a nice fit. The partial features a metal framework that is attached to a high-quality artificial tooth.
2. Flexible partial
This partial denture is fabricated from a special material for added comfort and a perfect fit.
3. Acrylic partial dentures
This is the most affordable material, though the partial may feel bulkier owing to the acrylic base that is attached to the artificial tooth. They have small metal clasps to hold the partial in place.
Full & Partial Dentures Consultation in Austin, TX
Please call our office for more information. 512.346.1900.
Partial dentures come in a variety of styles, and Dr. Fossum will help you find the best match for your needs. At first, you may have trouble speaking and/or eating with your new partial denture because it feels bulkier than your natural teeth. But you will easily adjust and enjoy your new tooth with time.
Please make sure that you take good care of your partial denture as directed by Dr. Fossum. This includes brushing your partial as you would your natural teeth, and never letting it dry out when it’s outside your mouth.
To learn more about partials, please visit Great Grins Dental in Austin or call us to schedule an appointment.