Advantages and Disadvantages of Partial Dentures

If you’re missing some of your teeth, a Partial Denture is an affordable and effective treatment option for you. These dentures are designed to replace one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They help to restore the appearance of your smile, which studies show boosts self-esteem and confidence.

Partial Dentures come in several varieties including acrylic, flexible plastic, and a full denture made from metal. You and your doctor can decide which one best fits your needs. Acrylic partials are the most economical, but they also tend to be bulkiest and least comfortable, especially when talking or eating. They also have a tendency to crack or chip easily. Flexible plastic partials are more expensive, but they’re much more comfortable and offer a better cosmetic result. They’re also easier to clean than acrylic.

Flexible plastic partials are made of a flexible material that allows them to fit the shape of your mouth better. They’re less bulky and more comfortable than acrylic partials, and they can be used to fill in larger gaps. However, they’re not as durable or stain resistant as metal.

Conventional removable partials have clasps that wrap around healthy abutment teeth to keep them in place. A good fit is very important, as the bite forces that are applied to the abutment teeth and gums must be evenly distributed to avoid trauma to them and ensure that the denture functions properly.

Removable partials require regular care, which includes frequent cleaning with denture toothpaste or a soft brush and careful flossing to remove plaque from around the abutment teeth. You should also take them out at night to allow your gums and natural teeth to breathe and avoid infection. Your dentist or prosthodontist will need to examine and adjust your removable partial regularly to ensure a proper fit and to address any changes in your mouth that occur over time.

The biggest disadvantage of Partial Dentures is that they aren’t as functional or long-lasting as other tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants. Depending on the amount of stress they’re exposed to, many patients find that their removable partials need to be replaced every five to ten years. This is because the mouth constantly undergoes small changes that can affect how a partial fits and feels.

Despite these disadvantages, many people have found that their quality of life is greatly improved by wearing a Partial Denture. If you’re missing some of your teeth and would like to discuss what your treatment options are, contact us today. We’d be happy to help you get back on the road to a healthy, beautiful smile! Our friendly staff will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. Just give us a call or fill out our convenient online form. We look forward to seeing you soon! *Before fabricating any type of partial, it’s essential for your dentist to complete a comprehensive exam and remove any active dental disease from the area. It’s also a great idea to consult your insurance provider to determine what your coverage is. Many dental plans operate on a yearly limit, so it’s important to plan accordingly.