Most people have heard of dentures as a way of addressing the issue of missing teeth. That, however, might be the extent of your knowledge. It’s important to know that there are a number of different types of dentures and not all of them are appropriate for every situation. In fact, full dentures are only a solution if you have no more healthy teeth remaining on either your upper or lower arch.
Are Dentures a Good Choice for You?
If you still have healthy teeth, then a partial denture might be an option for you. Another possibility could be a dental implant but these tend to be more costly than partial dentures. It’s important to speak to your dentist about your options as well as your concerns — including cost — in regards to your dental needs.
Partial Denture Options
Today’s partial dentures offer solutions for nearly any dental issue imaginable. While the best one for your particular situation will be decided upon by you and your dentist, below are some possibilities:
- Removable partial denture with metal clasps: This is the most common kind of partial denture. It’s made up of a combination of replacement teeth that sit on a cast metal frame that’s rigid. Cast metal clasps help the partial dentures attach to your existing teeth. Cared for properly, these dentures can last for a number of years.
- Fixed bridge: A fixed bridge option is an ideal solution if you have one or two missing teeth that are bracketed by healthy teeth on either side. It’s made up of crowns on either end of the partial denture with the replacements teeth — called pontics — in between them. A fixed bridge stays in your mouth all the time and is cared for like your natural teeth.
- Flexible partial dentures: These partial dentures are designed of a plastic that is heat sensitive and thin. This can make them more comfortable to wear as well as more natural to look at. Instead of cast metal clasps, a flexible partial denture has gum colored clasps that are thin and that fit around your teeth’s natural places. It might be a good solution if you find other types of partial dentures to be uncomfortable.
- Fixed bridge supported by dental implants: A traditional fixed bridge is a great option for many people but if you are missing too many teeth, a fixed bridge that’s supported by dental implants could be the answer. Another reason why this option might be chosen is that it doesn’t involve altering your existing teeth. Instead, dental implants are placed in your mouth to both encourage the increased growth of your jaw bone and to provide a support system for your fixed bridge. A fixed bridge supported by dental implants is also a great option for people that are missing too many teeth for a traditional fixed bridge. It also stays in your mouth permanently and is cared for like your other teeth.
At Dupont Dental, we pride ourselves on our personalized approach to dental care. After a careful consultation, we’ll recommend the partial denture options that suit you best. Contact us today for more information.