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Partial Dentures

How to know when you need a partial denture. The advantages of a partial denture and how it works.

Dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people who have lost all, or some of their natural teeth.

Partial Dentures

Dentures are referred to as either “Complete Dentures” or “Partial Dentures”. Beautiful Dentistry Dentures will stand the test of time and provide an outstanding value for what they cost, lasting quite well with use up to en entire decade, provided they are given proper treatment. Sometimes when you’re missing teeth, a partial denture is simply the best alternative to fill in spaces and keep you chewing effectively. There are several kinds of partial dentures, and we can work with you to choose the right one for your situation.

What is a Partial Denture?

A lower partial denture can be a good way to replace missing teeth. When you save your remaining teethand have a partial denture, you’ll chew better, look better and have a healthier mouth. A typical lower partial denture is held in place by a metal clasp that fits around the anchor teeth.

Advantages of Partial Dentures

A partial denture prevents several problems. By filling spaces, it prevents neighboring teeth from shifting. If missing teeth aren’t replaced, it can set off a chain reaction that can result in cavities and periodontal disease. A partial also helps balance your bite. This means you’ll chew better and havea healthier jaw joint. Partials also add support to your cheeks and lips. This support is necessary to speak clearly and look your best.

Why Dentures from Beautiful Dentistry?

Dentures have an appearance of perfect natural teeth, and can improve your speech, smile, facial appearance, and ability to eat. However, dentures are not just for convenience and cosmetic purposes, they also prevent further damage to your teeth. It is very important to replace missing teeth to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Missing teeth may also result in improper biting and chewing habits, behaviors which can compromise healthy teeth. People can lose their teeth due to traumatic injury, periodontal disease (gum disease), or tooth decay. A Dentist can help address the problems which resulted in tooth loss, and help prevent additional complications once dentures are fitted.

Cost of Dentures

The cost of dentures depends on several factors, including: The possible requirement of an additional procedure such as extractions of remaining teeth or oral surgery to refine bony ridges. The complexity of the removable denture that is required. Dental materials selected by the patient and the dentist. For example, highly cross-linked polymer denture teeth are more esthetic and do not wear as much as conventional plastic teeth and are more expensive. There are different metals that can be used in removable partial dentures that may also increase the cost. Dentures typically can cost between $400 to $8000, and a visit to the Dentist is required to determine the scope of the work. Dentures are an inexpensive alternative to dental implants.

Insurance

Dentures are covered under most dental insurance plans, but will have a replacement limit. Depending on the benefits included with your policy, a specific dollar amount will be covered for dentures and their prerequisite procedures. A consultation at Beautiful Dentistry includes a comprehensive treatment planning schedule which maximizes your insurance benefit, and makes the most financial sense for your dental goals.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

If your employer provides Flexible Spending Accounts, your Denture and Denture Adhesive purchases are eligible tax-free expenses.

0% Interest Rate & No Fees Financing

Beautiful Dentistry Dentures can be financed through Beautiful Dentistry’s in-house program with CareCredit or SpringLeaf. If your dental bill is $500 or less, you can get 6 months same as cash at 0% interest and no fees. If your dental bill is up to $2000, you qualify for 12 months same as cash at 0% interest and no fees. Any procedures over $2000 qualify for 18 to 24 months of no interest and no fees financing based on the amount.

Health Benefits

Preventing Gum Abrasions

Superficial gum injuries, particularly associated to encounters with crunchy, rough, or tough food, are common ailments for people with missing teeth.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Many food items which are essential for healthy living, such as cereal and crunchy vegetables, are off the menu for folks without dentures. Having a full set of teeth brings a healthy balanced diet back to the table.

Replacing Teeth in Poor Condition

There are some teeth you may be better off without. If you have severe gum disease, or your natural teeth are in poor condition (decay, fractures, or broken), cause atrocious pain, or suffer from chronic infections in root canals and cracked fillings, a Dentist may have to remove the problem teeth and replace them with dentures.

Other Treatment Options

When you’ve lost one or more teeth, you have several alternatives to partial dentures:

  • bridges
  • implants
  • full dentures
  • delaying treatment

Bridges

In some cases, bridges are an alternative to partial dentures. A dental bridge is attached to the teeth next to the space, and those teeth hold the the bridge in place and provide support.

Implants

An implant is a small titanium cylander that is placed into the bone of your jaw. It replaces the root of a missing tooth. An implant with a restpration placed on it could be used to fill in spaces. Implants can also help hold a new denture in place.

Full Dentures

Taking all of your teeth out and making an immediate denture may be an alternative to partial dentures.

Delaying Treatment

Unless you’re in a lot of pain, you might decide to leave your teeth as they are, atleast for now.But delaying treatment can be a risky alternative. If your teeth and gums are infected, they will never heal on their own. They’ll just keep getting worse. Infections of the teeth and gums can lead to further tooth loss and can drag down your body’s immune system, affecting your entire body.

Getting Partial Dentures

About the Procedure

The process of making a partial denture involves a series of appointments. Though the process varies depending on the case, it usually involves minor shaping of the teeth, followed by impressions. Models are made from the impressions and it’s on the models that the partial framework and final partial dentire are fabricated in a dental lab. After several try-ins and adjustments, the partial dentire is seated.

Adjusting to Your Partial Dentures

Some temporary problems are a normal part of adjusting to a new partial denture. At first, it may seem bulky or tip when you chew. You may notice increased salivary flow. Your tongue may feel crowded and you may gag a little or have difficulty speaking. But don’t worry, as you get used to your new partial, these problems will go away. With time and practice, you’ll make the adjustment and be eating with confidence. Your gums need a period of rest in order to remain healthy so dont wear your dentures to bed at night.

Caring for your Dentures

It’s important that your dentures, like natural teeth, be kept free from plaque and tartar. This prevents permanent staining and bad breath. Use a denture brush and one of the many commercial cleaning products to thoroughly clean all of the surfaces of your dentures at least once a day.

Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush

Brush your remaining teeth as well as your tongue palate and gums. This not only removes plaque and keeps your breath fresh, it also massages your gums and stimulates circulation keeping your natural teeth and tissues healthy.

Removing Tough Stains and Tartar

Soaking your dentures in white vinegar for several hours will remove tough stains and tartar. After you’ve cleaned your dentures, always remember to rinse them in water before placing them in your mouth. If your dentures have no metal parts you can soak them in a diluted bleach solution to remove tough stains. Never soak your dentures in a cleaning agent for more than 15 minutes if they have no metal parts. Be sure to rinise them before placing them in your mouth.

Storage

Whenever they are out of your mouth your dentures should be stored in water.

Warranties & Guarantees

Beautiful Dentistry’s Warranty

Our warranty provides a 1 year free denture replacement at no additional charge if a patient’s dentures are defective due to material workmanship, provided there are no indications of misuse and neglect. Beautiful Dentistry also offers 12 months of unlimited adjustments from the date of insertion.

Our Guarantee

Our promise to you is that our dentures and dental work we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are of the highest quality and incredibly durable.