Published on July 15, 2021, Updated on May 3, 2024

Partial Dentures for Missing Teeth

Your teeth are important parts of your body as they are responsible for digesting food and providing nutrition throughout your body. You need a complete set of teeth for it to do its job correctly, but sometimes you’ll lose one or more of it due to accident, ailment, or when you fail to properly take care of your teeth. Losing a tooth, especially at the front can be awkward, unpleasant, and downright embarrassing.

Thankfully there are several options for teeth Dental restorations nowadays. These can be partial sets or complete sets or traditional. The type of treatment you need will depend on the number of missing teeth you need to replace. Removable partials can help restore your ability to chew normally and smile confidently. These can also help maintain your natural facial contours, reduce the risk of gum problems and prevent the neighboring teeth from moving into the gap. Moreover, it helps to relieve excessive stress in the jaw due to having a missing tooth.

Partials are used when the patient has lost one or two teeth in succession. This treatment process is similar to traditional methods. The same number of false teeth is attached to the metal frame that is responsible for filling the gap.

Contents: Partials vs. Traditional | Types of dentures | Appointment | FAQ

Partials vs. Traditional Full sets

Do you want a partial or traditional set? If you’re still unclear on what works best for you, remember that both of these types serve different needs and have their advantages and disadvantages. Here’s the difference between the two:

  • Patients need a complete set when they have lost most of their teeth. Partials can be used when the patient has lost two to three consecutive teeth.
  • Partials help to keep the remaining natural teeth intact as only the missing teeth will need replacement. Full sets will need the entire natural teeth to be pulled.
  • Fixed or permanent replacements are called bridges. Dental bridges can be used to support the implants; these are known as implant-supported bridges. Traditional dentures can be removed.
  • The cost of a partial denture is cheaper since it uses fewer materials than a full set and you may also be charged for tooth extraction with full dentures.
  • Partials have significantly greater retention and stability compared to full dentures because they get support from the adjacent natural teeth unlike traditional dentures that are solely dependent on the soft

Types of Partials and Materials used

Different types of partials are available and can be of various types and materials. The best partials for you is something your doctor will decide and it will be based on what is more comfortable, more aesthetically pleasing, and how much you are willing to spend for the treatment. Below are some commonly available solutions.

Cast Metal Removable

This is the most common type of removable partial because of its durability and affordability. This type consists of a cast metal framework that contains the artificial set of teeth set in an acrylic resin. There are aesthetic attachments available that will make it look good, but it comes with a price. These types can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.

Acrylic Removable

It is the most affordable type of dentures, but because of its low cost, they tend to be lower in quality because the acrylic base will need to be thick to minimize the risk of breakage. It is attached to the metal clasps which can often be unsightly when the patient smiles. Also called flippers, these are only meant to use as temporary dentures while the permanent restoration is being prepared.

Flexible

This is a flexible and convenient option for those not comfortable wearing a rigid base of the cast metal or acrylic. The base is composed of heat-sensitive and flexible nylon material and the clasps are composed of gum-colored wires that go to the spaces of the existing natural teeth. It is more comfortable and looks more natural than any other types of removable partials that patients can wear for a very long time with only minimal discomfort.

Fixed Bridge Partial

A fixed bridge partial is perfect for those who need a replacement for one or two missing teeth. It has an artificial tooth with a crown on either side that is then fit into healthy surrounding teeth for support. A small portion of the tooth will need to be trimmed to ensure the crown fits flush. It is a permanent fixture which means you can brush and floss it just like your natural teeth. But since a small portion of the teeth is removed, there’s a high chance of developing tooth sensitivity. To avoid this, a Maryland bridge may be used so that there is a direct connection and it acts to support the teeth; however, it is not aesthetically pleasing. When the patient’s back molars are required to be artificial, support may be available only on one side, and a cantilever bridge may have to be used.

Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge

An implant-supported bridge does not need to remove a portion of the existing teeth to install the attachment. The implants act as natural roots of the jaw bone. A patient can have more than one implant and how many the patient will need depends on the number of teeth that need replacements, or whether the patient needs full arch or whole mouth restoration. A greater number of implants may be needed for the lower jaw than the upper jaw. This type of treatment is permanent, and it does not contain any limitations that conventional false teeth usually have. For this reason, implant-supported bridges and full prosthetics are becoming popular treatments of choice despite the higher cost.

Oral Health Center recommends implant-supported, removable or fixed type as they are not only very durable, but very comfortable. It also feels similarly to your natural teeth. We’ll help you decide what treatment is best for your case.

Partial false teeth near me

Our skilled and friendly team at Oral Health Center located in Westerville, Ohio offers long-lasting and aesthetic partial dentures. Schedule an appointment at our Westerville office and get a brighter smile now!

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FAQs for Artificial Partial Teeth

Do they look natural?

Removable partials are replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base placed on healthy teeth either by using a metal framework or a more natural-looking connector. If you prefer high-quality materials, your treatment will look more natural compared to low-quality materials. Dr. Pooja Banga DMD ensures to provide you only the best quality of dentures.

How much is a flexible partial?

Flexible partials are more lightweight than the typical acrylic dentures. Typically, they range in price between depending on the materials used and the location of the missing teeth.