A partial denture is a removable dental appliance designed to replace one or several missing teeth and restore the smile. The appliance consists of artificial teeth and a special framework that is typically made from metal. Some partial dentures have a gum-colored base that looks like natural gums.
Partial dentures require the support of remaining healthy teeth to stay in place. They can typically replace multiple missing teeth in a row and help restore the look and function of your smile after tooth loss.
When Are Partial Dentures Recommended?
Missing teeth can significantly impact the appearance of a smile, affecting an individual's self-confidence and self-esteem. Partial dentures can replace missing teeth, restoring a complete smile and improving overall aesthetic appearance.
Missing teeth can make it challenging to eat certain foods and speak clearly. Partial dentures provide functional restoration by replacing the missing teeth, enabling patients to chew food properly and speak more clearly.
Preventing Further Oral Health Issues
Gaps created by missing teeth can lead to various oral health problems. When teeth are missing, the adjacent and opposing teeth may shift or tilt, causing bite problems and potential jaw joint issues. Partial dentures help maintain proper tooth alignment and prevent these issues from occurring.
Support for Remaining Natural Teeth
Partial dentures provide support and stability to the remaining natural teeth. By filling in the gaps left by missing teeth, partial dentures help distribute chewing forces more evenly across the remaining teeth, reducing the strain on individual teeth.
What to Expect When Getting Partial Dentures?
If partial dentures are the appropriate solution, the next step is to take impressions or digital scans of your mouth. This helps in creating custom-made partial dentures that fit accurately and comfortably. The dentist will also record your bite and jaw alignment measurements to ensure proper fit and function. The dentist will work with you to select the size, shape, and color of the artificial teeth to ensure the most natural-looking results.
Once the partial dentures are fabricated in the dental laboratory, you will return to see our dentist for a fitting appointment. The dentist in Federal Way, WA will ask you to try the partial dentures and make any adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. They will also check the bite and ensure proper alignment of the artificial teeth with your natural teeth.
Regular dental check-ups are important to ensure the health of your natural teeth and the proper functioning of your partial dentures. For the best dental care tailored to your needs, visit Sunrise Dental of Federal Way at 33600 6th Ave S #102, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 838-3232.