Just as the name suggests, partial dentures are a removable replacement of one or more missing teeth and associated gum tissue, used to help restore the appearance and function of your jaw. Partial dentures can be made for patients that still have viable teeth remaining. Like complete dentures, the assembly is made of acrylic and metal, with replacement teeth set in a gum-colored base. As the denture itself stays in place by affixing to remaining natural teeth, this can be done via a metal framework with clasps or with precision attachments.
Partials dentures are generally less expensive
to make compared to the cost of other tooth replacement methods, especially complete dentures which would require removing your remaining teeth―an operation reserved for when few or no healthy teeth remain.
Along with hiding the gaps left by missing teeth and allowing you to eat food more easily, partial dentures serve a vital role in maintaining the health of your remaining teeth and gums. When you are missing some of your teeth, the others may move to compensate against the altered bite pressure; in conjunction with the supportive tissues and bone at the site of the missing teeth shrinking. This serves as an issue because it can change the structure of the mouth, including the jawbone and lower facial muscles.
In addition to altering your appearance, the resulting changes risk further harm to your remaining teeth and the functioning of your jaw. Therefore, partial dentures offer more benefits beyond merely replacing the teeth in your mouth. Learn more about partial dentures by contacting us directly.