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Is a Partial Denture Right for You?

Posted in Dentures

When you’re missing a tooth or two, you notice the difference.

A gap in your smile can make you camera-shy. You might find that you can’t chomp into a sandwich the way you used to. Your gums in the empty space might even get irritated from food that gets stuck in there. A partial denture is a very common solution for filling in the gap. But is this the solution for you?

What to Expect with a Partial Denture

Partial dentures (sometimes also called a “flipper”) are removable prosthetic appliances. This means that it serves to replace a missing tooth, but not permanently.

The partial is usually a blend of acrylic and metal. It is custom-fitted to anchor onto a couple existing teeth. Attached to this appliance is one or more false teeth. They are made to blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth.

Problems with Partials

You should be aware that partial dentures:

  • Can be lost
  • Require daily removal and cleaning
  • Need adjusting
  • Need to be updated

Partial Denture Alternatives

You might prefer the idea of a dental bridge. It’s cemented to two teeth on either side of a gap, filling in the space with false teeth suspended between them. Bridges can be a little tricky to clean, but you don’t have to worry about losing them!

The most permanent option is a dental implant. Implants are for life and can be cared for just like a natural tooth. If implant surgery is not an option for you and you don’t want a bridge placed on healthy teeth, then a partial may be your best bet. Talk with your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

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