What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures at Kitsap Dental are a great way to restore a few missing teeth in one area of your mouth. A partial denture Is usually removable which allows for easy cleaning and maintenance on the part of the patient. Some patients may not find a fixed bridge ideal for their individual case so a partial denture is another option. Partial dentures rely on healthy neighboring teeth to anchor to using metal or acrylic clasps. There are a number of restorative options on the market for patients who are missing teeth and dentures are often less costly than other treatments.
Why should I get a partial denture?
It is important to replace missing teeth even if they do not show and you think that you do not affect your smile. Leaving an open space will cause healthy teeth to shift together as they try to close up the space. All of this shifting leads to a loss of jaw bone structure.
Partial dentures are a popular choice because they are removable and patients can take them out to clean them easily. They are also significantly less costly and less invasive than dental implants and are easier to repair.
Partial Denture Cost
If your treatment will require extractions and/or bone grafts, those are fees that you will accrue at the oral surgeon’s office. As far as the cost for your actual denture, that will be largely based on the number of teeth being replaced. Your dentist will provide a treatment plan with a total estimate of cost for their office. Your oral surgeon will be able to provide a treatment plan for their portion as well.
Eating and Sleeping with a Partial Denture
Your partial denture will restore The functionality of your jaw and allow you to eat and speak normally. There will be a period of adjustment as you become used to your new partial and once you are, you will be able to eat all of your favorite foods once again!
As far as sleeping in your new partial, this is actually something you will not want to do. Your parcel is meant to be removed at night which allows your gum tissue some time to rest and recover while you sleep. Be sure to clean your partial denture thoroughly every night and brush your gum tissue to help stimulate blood flow.
A lot of patients are also prone to clenching or grinding their teeth in their sleep so taking care to remove your partial before you go to sleep can help keep it in good working order and prevent chips or fractures.
If you are missing teeth or need to have teeth extracted, speak with your dentist about a partial denture to see if that is a good option for you.
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