Partial Dentures for Missing Teeth
Your teeth are essential for eating solid foods, giving you a beautiful smile, and helping you speak properly. Your oral health also has an affect on your overall health and well-being. But unfortunate things can occur. You can lose one or several teeth from an extraction, accident, disease, or due to long term poor oral health.
Teeth removal causes gaps which can be unattractive and harm your oral health in the long run. Dr. Ahmed is able to replace one or more teeth in the form of dentures and bridges. Artificial teeth can be partial or complete (traditional), depending upon the amount of teeth that need to be replaced. Partials help restore your ability to eat, talk, and smile. They also maintain the appearance of your face, reduce the chance of gum disease, and avoid teeth shifting. In addition, they also help in relieve excessive stresses on your jaw.
Partial false teeth are recommended when the patient is missing only one or several teeth in a row. The required number of artificial teeth are built on a metallic framework which fills the gap. The base can also be created using gum colored plastic, which can be flexible. Partial dentures are supported by the neighboring good teeth, either with wire clasps, or by attaching to crowns of the supporting teeth. When wire clasps are used, the prosthetic is able to be removed and can be reinserted after cleaning, etc. In the latter case, the partials that are permanent and are known as fixed bridges. The artificial teeth are made from acrylic, in a color that matches the remaining healthy teeth.
Partial Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
Partial and complete dentures serve different needs. If only a few teeth need to be replaced, the advantages of partials outweigh the merits of the other kind. Here are the main differences.
- Traditional full set of teeth are recommended when the patient is missing most of the teeth in a jaw. Partials can replace two to three teeth in a row.
- Partials have the benefit of keeping the existing natural teeth. Only missing teeth are replaced, while complete set will remove the teeth remaining teeth in the jaw.
- Partial prosthetic can be removable or permanent/fixed. In the latter situation, they are called bridges. Dental bridges are also able to be supported by implants, and are known as implant-supported bridges. Complete set of teeth are typically removable.
- Partials are less costly while the full obviously have a higher cost.
- Retention and stability of partial is much greater than the traditional dentures, since they get their support from the surrounding natural teeth along with the oral soft tissues and jawbone. Alternatively, traditional false teeth are solely dependent upon soft tissues and jawbone to stay in place.
Materials Used for Partial Dentures
Different kinds of partial dentures are available with various types of materials. You and Dr. Ahmed will make a decision on which partial prosthetic are most comfortable, best looking and affordable for you. The following types are possibilities;
- Cast Metal Removable Partial – This is the most common kind of partial artificial teeth. One of the benefits of cast metal partial dentures is their good durability and strength. They are attached to the support teeth via metallic wire clasps, but more aesthetic attachments are available at a higher price. These can last many years if they are properly cared for..
- Acrylic Removable Partial – Also known as a “flipper,” it is the least expensive form. A cast metal partial denture is preferred over a removable acrylic partial. This is because the acrylic base needs to be thick and bulky enough to avoid breakage. It is fastened to the support teeth using metal clasps, which can be seen during talking and smiling. The flipper is generally a temporary solution, while the actual restoration is being made. However, they can be used for years.
- Flexible Partial – The flexible partial denture is recommended for patients who are uncomfortable with the rigid base of the cast metal or acrylic partials. The base is thin and composed of heat sensitive and pliable nylon material. The clasps are created with thin gum colored wires which go into the gaps between existing teeth. Thus, it is quite comfortable and appears very natural and can be worn for a long time.
- Fixed Bridge- A fixed bridge can make a great replacement for someone who needs one or two teeth to be replaced. It is made with artificial teeth with a crown on either side which fit onto healthy teeth for support. The teeth that are chosen for crowns that need to be trimmed a little to make room for the thickness of the crown.The fixed bridge is a permanent fixture that is brushed and flossed just like natural teeth, and the space underneath the bridge also needs to be cleaned. This increases the odds of sensitivity in those teeth. To prevent this, the Maryland bridge is connected directly to the support teeth, but in return, is not as aesthetically appealing. All the above descriptions are mainly for partial teeth in the front. Where partial artificial teeth for back molars are required, support may only be available only on one side, and a cantilever bridge may need to be used.
- Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge- An implant supported bridge does not need to cause damage to the existing teeth for attachment. The implant, or implants, work like natural tooth roots embedded in the jaw bone. With implants, the number of teeth is not limited to just two or three. With enough implants screwed into the jaw bone at well positioned locations and angles, a full mouth restoration can be made which can look and feel just like real teeth. It is true that more implants may be required for the lower jaw than for the upper jaw. An implant supported denture is a permanent solution for teeth replacement, free of the limitations of traditional prosthetic. Because of this, implant supported bridges and full sets are becoming quite popular despite their higher cost.
We recommend the implant supported removable or fixed dentures, since they are not only extremely durable, but these prostheses are also highly comfortable and look and feel like your own natural teeth. However, Dr. Ahmed can help you decide which is the best for your specific case.
Our Experienced Dentists Will Help You With Your New Set of New Teeth
Getting a beautiful new smile with proper functionality in chewing and talking is essential. Dr. Ahmed is qualified and experienced. You can get your missing teeth replaced without performing any major surgeries and teeth extractions unless necessary. We will not only assist you with finding the best option, but will help you with any concerns you may have along the way.
You can get the most comfortable partial dentures and a great experience in the Bay Area. Visit us in Oakland, CA near Alameda and Berkeley. Let us give you a new set of teeth and a beautiful smile! We can safely state that you are in great hands! So, visit us today and let us give you the dental care that you deserve!
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