Since there are many options for replacing missing teeth, you may need our dentist to help you decide which is best for you. If you’re only missing a tooth or two, dental implants may be the best option. However, if you have several teeth that needed to be replaced, a partial may be best. And other cases may be best treated with a full denture.
A partial refers to a partial denture, which is an appliance that replaces several or the entire upper or lower set of teeth. Partials are available in several styles, such as:
This type of partial consists of replacement teeth attached to a cast metal frame. An inexpensive cast metal partial attaches to other healthy teeth using a metal clasp. Better quality partials use precise attachments because they look and fit better. These partials can last for years with care.
One of our dentists at Arizona Family Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ takes an impression of your teeth and sends it, along with x-rays, to the dental lab to make the partial. It looks like a regular denture plate, which has white replacement teeth sitting on a pink artificial gum.
A flexible partial is a more comfortable option for people who find metal or acrylic partials to be bulky or uncomfortable. Also, some people are allergic to acrylic, so a flipper isn’t a good option for them.
The flexible partial consists of heat-sensitive plastic that makes up the gum, along with realistic-looking replacement teeth. As the partial sits in your mouth, it warms and molds around your upper or lower gums. While this option is thought of as a temporary solution, many people wear them for years.
Every patient will have different needs concerning their treatment protocol for dentures, but the procedure can be generalized into five easy steps. First, our dentist will make an impression of your gums. Next, you’ll be provided with examples so you can select the size, shape, and color of your new teeth. Afterward, our dentist will send the information to our lab for the creation of your dentures. Once we receive them back from our lab, you’ll have the opportunity to try them on for comfort, fit, and aesthetic qualities. The final step is to make corrections and adjustments to the fit and bite of your new teeth.
If you need to replace missing teeth, consult with one of our dentists at Arizona Family Dentistry to find the best partial or full denture for your needs. Our dentists can explain the benefits and drawbacks of each and recommend one for you. We’re excited to help you with your smile transformation!