Partial Dentures to Replace Just a Few Missing Teeth

Missing teeth kill your confidence as you stop smiling. To get your confidence and lovely natural smile back, one option is partial dentures. You can replace a few missing teeth with dentures and no one will know that you had some teeth missing.

Partial dentures protect your remaining teeth and prevent them from moving out of alignment. It’s the best option when you have only a few teeth missing. You can opt for removable or permanent partial dentures.

Why Opt for Implant-Anchored Partial Dentures

Traditional removable partial dentures use wires to hook them onto the permanent teeth. However, newer, implant-anchored dentures are more stable and provide a better chewing experience. They don’t move around when you eat food.

Partial dentures use implants as anchors. This ensures that they stay securely in place and allow you to live a normal life.

Implant anchored dentures easily beat conventional dentures when it comes to comfort. They are also easier to clean.

Patients with a lot of bone loss may have to opt for mini implants. These implants are thinner but still provide excellent support for dentures.

How do They Work?

When you opt for permanent dentures, your dentist will place several screw retentions. They are placed in the jaw. The dentures permanently attach to these implants. They are stable and provide an excellent option for people with noticeable bone loss.

Removable implant anchored dentures use an extra attachment on the screws. This allows you to easily remove dentures when you want. All you have to do is snap them out to remove and snap back in to put in mouth again.

Removable dentures are relatively easier to clean. You can remove the artificial tooth and clean it outside your mouth, unlike fixed dentures. It’s easier to clean them thoroughly.

Caring for Partial Dentures

It’s easy to care for partial dentures. The cleaning chores are the same as for the natural teeth. You should brush them regularly and use special denture cleaners for best results.

Avoid eating hard and sticky foods. Try to take small bites so that chewing doesn’t move dentures out of place.

After a few weeks, you can resume your normal diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the advantages of a removable partial denture (RPD)?

They are easier to clean as they can be removed. They cost less compared to fixed dentures. These artificial teeth function just like regular teeth.

Q: What are the disadvantages of a removable partial denture?

Patients need to take proper care of their removable dentures. If ignored, they can easily harm the remaining teeth in your mouth. Similarly, these dentures can become loose after some time and may require a visit to your dentist. Remember, the loosely fitted denture can damage your gums, bones, and other teeth around them.

Q: What are the advantages of the fixed partial denture (FPD)?

Fixed partial dentures are attached to natural teeth but they can also be attached to implants placed inside gums. They don’t fall out and feel like natural teeth. They are durable and last for years.

Q: What are disadvantages of fixed partial dentures?

Fixed partial dentures are expensive than removable dentures. If they become lose or you have some other issue with your dentures, your dentist will have no choice but to remove and replace the whole FPD.

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