When you’re missing one or more teeth, you are likely well aware of their significance to your appearance and oral health. Teeth are designed to function best together, working to help you eat, talk, and smile properly. Tooth loss makes it challenging to perform these simple tasks and can lead to a host of additional problems like shifting teeth, tooth and gum disease, and even bone loss. One potential solution to help avoid further issues following a tooth loss is a removable partial denture treatment option. Learning about removable partial dentures can help decide if it is the best tooth replacement choice for you.
Dentures are an appliance which help replace missing teeth with false removable teeth. Unlike complete set dentures, which replace all teeth in the jaw, removable partial dentures serve to only replace only one or several teeth using a replacement false tooth or teeth affixed to a gum-colored plastic base. The removable partial denture may be connected to a metallic framework with connecting clasps or attached to fixed bridgework using interlocking devices called precision attachments. Your dentist will help determine which type of removable partial denture option is most appropriate for you.
To begin, your dentist will perform a thorough dental check-up along with x-rays of teeth, gum, and soft tissues to determine if the mouth is healthy enough to support a removable partial denture. When examinations are positive, an impression of the upper and lower arches of the mouth is made and sent to a dental laboratory. Bite records are then taken and trial wax insertions are fitted until the removable partial denture is fully fabricated. In some circumstances, a temporary “immediate denture” or “flipper” removable partial denture may be used until the final denture is created. Once fully complete, your dentist will check fit, perform minor modifications as needed, and provide care instructions regarding your removable partial denture.
As with any dental decision, a removable partial denture is not without its drawbacks and potential risks. It can be difficult getting adjusted to eating, speaking, and smiling with a somewhat large denture apparatus in your mouth. Regularly removing the partial denture after eating and each night for cleaning can often be an involved process with multiple precautions needing to be taken to prevent damage. Removable partial dentures will also likely eventually need to be refitted or relined due to wear or when changes to the mouth occur. Additionally, in contrast to other tooth replacement options, removable partial dentures generally have a shorter lifespan of only 5 to 7 years, mandating more frequent replacements.
Conversely, choosing a removable partial denture can be a sound option for replacing a missing tooth by providing the appearance and similar function of natural teeth. The overall cost is relatively low in comparison with other tooth replacement options, it involves no invasive surgical procedures, and does not necessitate the preparation of any adjacent teeth. In some cases, removable partial dentures can also be modified to account for additional missing teeth or changes in the mouth over time without needing an entire replacement set to be created.
The decision to replace missing teeth is an important one. Consulting with your dentist and, if needed, additional dental specialists, will assist in answering all of your tooth replacement questions to decide the best option for you.
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