What Is A Partial Denture?
A partial denture is one of many available tooth replacement options. It is sometimes referred to as just a partial. This type of denture is made to replace one or more missing teeth, unlike a complete or full denture which replaces all of the teeth in the mouth. These dentures are made to match the natural look, colour and size of your nearby teeth.
Partial Denture Or Other Tooth Replacement Options?
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, there are a few options available to suit different needs and budgets. The most important thing is to fill the space or gap left by a missing tooth before the nearby teeth begin to drift or move into the space. Once nearby teeth begin shifting or moving, it will change your smile and even your biting and chewing function.
Dental implants as a tooth replacement option is considered the best option for almost all patients. A dental implant is placed in the jawbone for the most secure and stable fit of all tooth replacement options. Dental implants allow you to eat all the foods you like and actually helps to preserve the jawbone.
A dental bridge places the replacement tooth in between two natural teeth. The two natural teeth are reduced in size to allow the dental bridge to fit over them securely, while the replacement tooth sits in the space left by a missing tooth. While a dental bridge is another great tooth replacement option, it does require that healthy teeth be reduced to fit the bridge. A dental implant, on the other hand, does not.
A partial denture will hold the space left by a missing tooth if it is worn continuously. If the partial denture removed for long periods, the teeth may begin to shift or drift into the space. If this happens, the partial denture will no longer fit properly. Another factor to take into consideration is that a partial denture and dental bridge will not prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth like a dental implant would.
If you are missing one or more teeth, be sure to talk to your dentist about possible tooth replacement options. Your dentist will be able to discuss the differences between each option to ensure that you select a replacement option that suits your lifestyle.