Dentures are an option for replacing multiple missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. The difference between the two is that complete dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace only some of the missing teeth.
Partial dentures are restorations that help in replacing multiple missing teeth. They can be removed and worn just like typical dentures. When a patient loses several teeth, it affects their facial appearance and makes them look older than their actual age. Partial dentures help in restoring their facial structure and make them look younger.
WHEN IS A PARTIAL DENTURE PROCEDURE REQUIRED?
A partial denture procedure is required when you have some teeth remaining in your mouth. You may have to get a partial denture for purposes like the following:
- To replace multiple missing teeth
- To help prevent future oral health problems, such as bone deterioration and tooth loss
- To improve your speech
- To improve your ability to chew food
- To improve your smile appearance
- To restore the functionality of your mouth for eating and speaking correctly
- To restore your gum health
- To prevent bite problems such as TMJ disorder
- To protect natural teeth from shifting out of place
- For other reasons
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PARTIAL DENTURES?
There are various types of partial dentures that can be used depending on your specific oral needs, such as:
Conventional Partial Dentures: These are standard removable partial dentures that can be removed at night and during sleep. The procedure for getting conventional dentures involves taking impressions of your mouth during the initial consultation, fabricating the partial denture at a dental laboratory, and then inserting it into your mouth.
Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures are used to immediately replace multiple missing teeth in your mouth. The procedure for getting immediate dentures involves taking impressions of your mouth during the initial consultation, fabricating the immediate denture at a dental laboratory, and then inserting it into your mouth on the same day.
Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures are fixed with implants for better retention. In this procedure, screws are used instead of clasps to attach the denture to the gum tissue. The procedure involves placing an implant in each missing tooth socket during surgery and then attaching a custom-made implant-supported partial denture to those implants.
Removable Partial Dentures: Removable partial dentures include a few dental implants in addition to regular bonded restorations to increase support and stability. The procedure involves placing dental implants in each missing tooth socket during surgery and then attaching a custom-made removable partial denture to those implants.
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