When people think of dentures, they often assume they have to replace all of the upper or lower teeth in their mouth. However, you can also get partial dentures. This option replaces one or more missing teeth.
Unlike full dentures that sit on top of your entire gum, a partial denture involves a plate made with plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic materials. This device holds your artificial teeth, and it stays in place with clasps that fit around nearby teeth for support.
So why would you choose partial dentures over other teeth replacement options, like bridges or implants? The short answer is that it depends.
Our team at The Dental Touch works closely with their patients in Oakland, California, to come up with the best tooth replacement options. If you have several missing teeth, here are five benefits of partial dentures:
1. They replace missing teeth
The most obvious reason to choose partial dentures involves their ability to replace a few missing teeth.
Our team often recommends this solution when you have three or more missing teeth next to each other in your mouth. But that’s not all. Partial dentures can also replace missing teeth on both sides of your mouth with a single device.
2. They restore your ability to talk and chew
We often underestimate the importance of healthy teeth. However, even a single lost tooth can interfere with how your mouth works, including talking or chewing.
Partial dentures offer a less invasive and more straightforward solution for replacing missing teeth so that you can regain function and confidence in your mouth again.
3. They maintain your jaw structure and appearance
It’s easy to assume that missing teeth are only a cosmetic problem. So, it won’t affect your appearance if it’s in a place you can’t see, right? Wrong.
Your teeth help maintain the structure and health of your mouth. They provide stability for each other and stimulate bone growth in the jaw. Even one missing tooth throws off this delicate balance, and your remaining teeth start shifting into the opening. On top of that, you can experience bone loss in your jaw near the missing tooth.
Over time, these changes can alter your physical appearance and lead to additional oral health issues.
4. You can take them out
Unlike permanent solutions like dental implants, you can remove partial dentures whenever you want. This makes it easier to clean them and your mouth as well.
We can also continue to adjust your partial denture over time to ensure it continues to fit comfortably at every stage in life.
5. They restore your smile and confidence
Approximately 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and more than 36 million have no teeth at all. Partial dentures offer one of the easiest and most affordable tooth replacement options available for restoring those missing teeth — along with your smile and confidence.
If you have missing teeth, our team can help guide you through your replacement options so you can look and feel your best while protecting your oral health at the same time.
To learn more about partial dentures, contact The Dental Touch to schedule a consultation by calling 510-324-9096 or booking online today.