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What are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are a dental appliance that helps to replace missing teeth. They are generally natural looking and can aid in the appearance of one’s smile as well as the overall function of the mouth. There are two types of partial dentures: acrylic and metal and full acrylic. Partial’s which are made from acrylic and metal are generally stronger and more natural looking than those which are full acrylic. However, full acrylic dentures are generally a bit less expensive than those made with metal, making them an option for those who are budget conscious.

What Are the Benefits of Partial Dentures?

Outside of the improvement in a smile, a partial denture can help to preserve the structure of the mouth, which can begin to shift over time when teeth are missing, as well as soft tissue, which often begins to recede in the absence of bone structure. Partial dentures also tend to be more palatable than other forms of oral corrective devices, such as implants, and they are less expensive as well.

Will Using Partial Dentures Require a Lot of Time and Maintenance?

Partial denture maintenance is relatively simple and does not require a lot of time. To maintain the structural soundness of the partial daily cleaning is required and it is recommended that it is placed in water every night before bed. This will keep the partial lubricated and prevent any damage caused by teeth grinding, etc. during the night.

If you are missing teeth and would like to restore your smile, partial dentures may be the right option for you. They are low maintenance, non-invasive and less expensive than other tooth replacement options.  There are denture misconceptions, but If you are looking to improve the quality of your bite or simply regain your smile confidence, it’s worth it to talk to your dentist about partial denture options.