Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with a Partial Denture
Dentures are a versatile, secure, and natural-looking restorative dentistry option that can take care of a major gap in your smile while restoring full functionality to your mouth.
Who Can Wear a Partial Denture?
If you are missing several teeth in either your upper or lower jaw, or if you have a minimum of two teeth on both sides of the arch of your teeth, a removable partial denture can be used to fill in the gap. The denture will either be supported by adjoining teeth, or a dental implant can be used to replace the missing teeth.
Whether your teeth are missing because of an accident, tooth decay, breaks, or because the adult tooth simply never came in, a partial denture can be the best solution for giving you a full smile that works properly too.
Benefits of a Partial Denture
A partial denture solution will give you the ability to chew more naturally and, perhaps most importantly, keep your remaining teeth from moving into the space that is left by the missing teeth. A partial denture ensures that you are able to maintain proper jaw alignment while supporting the structure of your face.
Missing teeth, over time, will change the shape of your face, creating a shrunken almost squished look. Your lips may curl in and your jaw will jut out all in response to the holes in your smile. It’s in your best interest, for the sake of your appearance the functionality of your teeth, to invest in a restorative dentistry solution that gives you a full set of working teeth.
How Does a Partial Denture Work?
A removable partial denture is held in place either by clasps that hook on to adjoining teeth or by securing to the abutment of a titanium screw that is implanted in your jawbone – also known as a dental implant. Partial dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and are easily removed for brushing and cleaning every night.
If you have damaged or decayed teeth that need to be removed before a partial denture can be put in their place, the gum tissue will need time to first heal, usually taking four to six weeks. You won’t be without any teeth at all while the gum is healing however – you will be able to wear a temporary partial until it’s time for the semi-permanent partial denture to be fitted. Over the healing time, your gum tissue will shrink and heal and adjustments to your final partial denture will have to be made to ensure that it fits and functions properly.
How Long Will a Partial Denture Last?
A partial denture is a very durable appliance. It may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to regular wear and this is normal. But the partial can last for up to seven years with the proper care.
It is important to know, however, that dentures are not intended to last forever. The longer you wear dentures, the more your gums change underneath the denture and the looser your dentures will become. In order to adequately restore the denture and prevent flabby gum tissue from developing underneath it, you must return to your dentist every two years for a professional reline.
Discuss your partial denture options with Dr. Shaista Najmi at Ivory Dental to find out what’s right for your restorative dentistry needs.