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Partial Dentures in Chesterfield, MO


Dentures are replacement prosthetic teeth made from gum-colored acrylic and dental-grade ceramic materials and are used to restore missing teeth in one go. Although conventional dentures are used to replace all the teeth in the mouth, partial dentures are also available that can replace only a selected set of missing teeth.

Partial dentures are a device used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. It fills the gap and restores the natural function of your smile. They consist of false teeth attached to a metal frame or plastic base. The base is fitted with a connector that allows it to snap into place over the remaining teeth.

What are Partial Dentures?

When you have multiple teeth extracted from your mouth due to causes such as external trauma, decay, aging, gum disease, etc., restoring them using dental bridges or implants may not be a convenient solution. Further, conventional dentures would not be a suitable option either, as you would still have a good number of natural teeth retained. In such instances, partial dentures would be the best option to replace the teeth without any hassle.

Partial dentures are made from dental-grade ceramic and stainless steel. They are custom-fabricated according to the requirement, and the prosthetic teeth from the dentures sit perfectly adjacent to the existing natural teeth. Partial dentures would remain perfectly stable in your mouth and would restore oral functionality as well.

By filling the gap created by the missing teeth, a partial denture restores the natural aesthetics and function of your smile.

What do partial dentures fix?

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. Unlike a dental bridge, a partial denture doesn't replace an entire row of missing teeth. Instead, a partial denture is fitted to fill in gaps in your smile. The immediate dental issue addressed by a partial denture is missing teeth. The aim of the placement of a partial denture is to close the gap left by missing teeth. By closing this void between the remaining teeth, a partial denture also fixes dental issues like shifting of the adjacent teeth, debris collection in the space, and progressive tooth decay. 

Partial dentures can:

  • Replace one or several missing  teeth
  • Restore the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth
  • Reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.

When you have missing teeth, the remaining teeth can move out of place, causing alignment issues, crookedness, and uneven wear on your remaining teeth. A partial denture helps to fill your smile and prevent these shifts from happening.

How are Partial Dentures Fabricated?

When you visit us for the first consultation, we will take digital impressions and x-rays of the teeth and the mouth as a whole. We use them as a reference for fabricating dentures. We will share this data with a dental laboratory, where the dentures will be fabricated in a couple of weeks. Once done, we will place them in your mouth and check for a suitable fit by taking a bite test.

Partial dentures have many advantages, but one of the best things about them is that they are less expensive than other tooth replacement options.

Care and hygiene for partial dentures

You must clean your partials daily, just as you clean natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently brush the appliance, making sure to clean under the clasps. Partials may have metal clasps that can retain plaque and bacteria, so be sure to clean the clasps carefully. Also, be sure to soak your partials daily. Use a specialized denture cleaner to soak your partials. Never use hot water, as this can cause your partial to warp. Use a denture brush to gently scrub your partials, then rinse the appliance thoroughly with water.

You should clean your partial dentures over a sink or basin filled with warm water. This will prevent them from breaking if you drop them. You should also keep your partial denture away from pets, as they like to chew on dental appliances.

Partial dentures also require the same daily care as natural teeth.

What are the advantages of partial dentures?

Partial dentures are removable and keep the remaining teeth from shifting. When you have missing teeth, the remaining teeth can move out of place. This can cause alignment issues, crookedness, and uneven wear on your remaining teeth. Gaps in your smile can also cause your other teeth to shift out of place, which can make issues worse. A partial denture helps to fill your smile by preventing these shifts from happening. The advantages offered by partial dentures include the following:

  • Since partial dentures are backed by a metal framework, they stay perfectly in shape. This also keeps them strong.
  • Partial dentures have prosthetic teeth made from dental-grade ceramic material. It has excellent durability and can be customized to mimic the exact aesthetics of natural teeth.
  • Partials provide an excellent fit as they are custom-fabricated. The prosthetic teeth would not cause any discomfort as they perfectly fit alongside the existing natural ones.
  • Partials allow you to retain your natural teeth.
  • Partial dentures restore oral functionality by enabling you to bite and chew food as you always did with all your teeth intact.
  • Just like conventional complete dentures, they can be removed and put on easily.

Partial dentures are one of the most affordable solutions to replacing missing teeth.

Questions Answered on This Page

  1. What are Partial Dentures?
  2. What do partial dentures fix?
  3. How are Partial Dentures Fabricated?
  4. Care and hygiene for partial dentures
  5. What are the advantages of partial dentures?

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why would someone need partial dentures?

Partial dentures are a common and effective solution for patients who have lost many of their teeth. If you've lost teeth due to decay or injury, partial dentures may be an effective option for restoring your smile. When you lose teeth, the empty spaces in your mouth can cause issues with your remaining teeth and gums. If there is not enough space, the remaining teeth can shift out of place, causing problems with your bite. The remaining teeth can also become loose and fall out. Partial dentures not only restore your smile but restore your chewing abilities as well.

  1. What are partial dentures made of?

There are many choices of materials, but the most common are acrylic, metal, and flexible nylon material.

  1. What are partial dentures attached to?

Partial dentures are secured to the remaining teeth. The archwire attaches the partial denture to the natural teeth. Teeth can be prepped for partials, or the existing teeth can be altered to fit the partial denture. After the teeth have been altered, the partial denture is seated and affixed to the teeth.

  1. What are the limitations of partial dentures?

Partial dentures can help fill in the gaps in your smile. However, they are not the same as bridges or dental implants. This is because partial dentures replace only your teeth and not your roots. Therefore, your jawbone will not maintain its strength and density.

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