A removable partial denture is often the most affordable way to replace missing teeth. To the left is a picture of a partial denture. The teeth are set in a pink acrylic that looks like the gums.
The most durable choice is a framework that is made of metal, like the one shown. It is custom-made to fit your teeth and the shape of your jawbone exactly, and it clasps securely to your existing teeth, but not so tightly that it can’t be removed.
The nicest way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants.
They feel and function just like your own teeth.
There are two main components to the dental implant procedure, the surgical and the restorative. Budget can be a major deciding factor when determining how to resolve missing teeth.
Depending on your specific case, the much more affordable mini implants could be an option or we may be able to limit the number of implants used.
But if dental implants can’t be made to fit within your budget, a partial like the one shown will protect your remaining teeth from drifting and being damaged, and will give you excellent comfort and function for many years.
Options for Esthetic Partial Dentures
If the metal clasps would be in a position that they would show, there are ways to keep them hidden with precision attachment partials.
There are also new flexible acrylic partials, such as the Valplast restoration pictured at the right.
The pink, semi-translucent acrylic disappears in your mouth and makes it nearly impossible for others to tell that you are wearing replacement teeth.
When you do have a removable partial denture, it is important that you keep your remaining teeth well-maintained. Find a private place to remove the partial and clean your teeth after each time you eat.
And be sure to visit your dentist regularly to have your precious remaining teeth checked to be able to intercept any problems while they are small.
If you are missing teeth, we’d be happy to see you to determine the solution that is best for you.