Partial Dentures: Are You a Candidate?
By Kellyn Hodges on April 06, 2019
Significant tooth loss does not only detract from the appearance of a smile; it also compromises your speech and chewing function. However, the prospect of oral surgery and the subsequent cost can often make patients hesitate to pursue restorative options.
A partial denture can replace one or more missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw without surgery and at a more affordable price than other restorative treatments. At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics in Philadelphia, PA, we can discuss alternative treatment options, such as crowns and bridges, with you before deciding if partial dentures are the best treatment for you.
Partial Dentures: The Basics
Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple missing teeth. Like full dentures, they consist of a pink, gum-colored base and artificial teeth. Unlike their conventional counterparts, however, partial dentures also have special dental clasps made from plastic or metal that clip onto the adjacent teeth for additional support. Partial dentures can also be connected to dental implants.
Who Is a Candidate for Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are usually recommended to patients who have sustained significant but not total tooth loss. Candidates will have one or more remaining teeth that are strong and healthy enough to support the appliance. If your natural teeth are compromised by decay or periodontal disease, restorative treatments will be recommended before placing your partial denture.
Partial dentures are an excellent option for patients seeking a more affordable teeth replacement solution. They are also an effective solution for those who cannot or do not wish to undergo oral surgery.
Individuals who desire an implant-supported restoration must have adequate bone density to accommodate the posts. In some cases, dental implant eligibility can be increased with a bone grafting procedure. We will discuss all of your options in detail during your initial consultation.
The Treatment Process
Once all necessary restorative work has been performed, we will take impressions of your teeth and gums. These molds will be used by our dental laboratory to craft your new appliance. A skilled technician will create your new partial denture based on your oral anatomy for a natural-looking, lifelike result. The fabrication process typically takes about three to four weeks.
After the new partial denture is complete, we will schedule you for another visit to our office. During this appointment, we will have you try on your appliance and assess the fit. Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure your denture is balanced, secure, and comfortable.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures offer a number of advantages for qualifying patients. For example, this appliance can:
- Prevent shifting and movement of remaining teeth
- Improve your chewing function and speech
- Support and fill out the facial structures
- Evenly distribute bite forces across your teeth
- Reduce the risk for TMJ disorder and other jaw problems
- Enhance your self-confidence and overall quality of life
Flexible Financing Options
We believe that cost should never come between you and the quality care you deserve. That is why we accept most insurance policies. During a consultation at our practice, our financial experts will help you understand what is covered under your insurance plan.
Learn If This Option Is Right for You
If you are missing several teeth on one or both arches, partial dentures can restore the aesthetics, function, and health of your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us. Contact Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics online or call us at (215) 245-5100 or (215) 883-0611.