(Removable Partial Denture)
A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth. You may consider a removable partial denture to replace the missing teeth, if:
- the remaining teeth are not suitable to support a fixed bridge
- there is not sufficient bone for implants
- periodontal disease is present
- finances are limited
Partial dentures are composed of three different materials. A cast metal base with clasps, pink acrylic gum tissue, and lifelike artificial teeth. The metal clasps are absolutely necessary to hold the partial in place and, depending on the individual circumstances, may or may not be visible when you talk or smile. Their location and design are dictated by the shape and position of your remaining teeth and which missing teeth will be replaced. Your doctor will show you where the clasps will attach. Most of the time, the amount of preparation (drilling) of your natural teeth needed to ensure successful clasp design is minimal. There is often no need for a local anesthetic injection. This is unlike fixed bridgework, which always requires significant tooth reduction for proper design and fit.
A removable partial is bulkier than a bridge and may be difficult to wear initially. You may have to adjust the way you posture your mouth or speak to accommodate this extra bulk which may result in a lisp that is slightly evident when you’re talking with others. Most people acclimate to their new appliance within about a week or so.
You might explore other options if you strongly object to the visibility of metal clasps while smiling or a slight lisp while speaking. In certain circumstances, crowns may be placed on the teeth that hold the partial in place allowing the clasps to be discretely placed inside the crowns. This offers a more natural appearance but increases the ultimate cost of treatment. Significant preparation of the natural teeth that are to be crowned is required; therefore, you may wish to reconsider fixed bridges or implants.
It’s important to mention, there may be negative effects associated with delayed treatment. Forgoing a partial while you save for a more advanced alternative may end up costing you more than you might expect. If the site of missing teeth is left unaddressed for too long the remaining teeth may begin to shift, tilt, and supraerupt resulting in more extensive treatment being required. The functional, psychological, and social consequences associated with missing teeth can be profound as well; therefore, the risk of delaying treatment far outweighs any benefit. An interim, or temporary partial, can be very affordable and may be all that’s needed to minimize these issues until you can afford your treatment of choice.
So, why wait? Central Dental’s on-site laboratory allows your dentist to offer quality, same-day partials. At most dental offices, it takes weeks, sometimes months, to make a new partial from start to finish. Our on-site laboratory is managed by, David Howell, a highly skilled dental technician with over 35 years of experience. This ensures the best possible product and service for less – guaranteed. Your doctor, and David, can assist you finding the partial that best fits your needs and your budget.
Experience the comfort, convenience, and superior service associated with a custom-fabricated partial made within the state-of-the-art dental laboratory at Central Dental. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!