Removable partial dentures (or RPDs) comprise replacement teeth affixed to a pink or gum-colored plastic foundation, occasionally held in the mouth by a metal framework. They may be a good alternative to permanent bridgework or implants when replacing lost teeth. Full dentures replace all teeth in a jaw, while removable partial dentures replace one or…
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are a great way to improve your smile, oral health, and ability to function by replacing missing teeth. It is helpful to have a full understanding of what partial dentures are and why they are often the more preferable treatment solution for patients to decide if treatment is right for you.
A review of partial dentures
This review defines what removable partial dentures are, the unique benefits they offer, the different types of partial dentures to consider, and more. While the best way to learn about partial dentures is to schedule a consultation with a licensed dentist, this guide should provide a brief overview to help you get started with the treatment process.
Partial dentures defined
Partial dentures are a set of replacement teeth that are supported by either a metal clasp that attaches to the natural adjacent teeth or a gum-colored base. They are ideal to replace a section of missing teeth, whereas complete dentures are ideal to replace an entire row of missing teeth.
The benefits of partial dentures
Partial dentures offer many benefits that alternative teeth replacement solutions do not provide. Of course, there are notable benefits to seeking partial dentures rather than living with missing teeth as well. The most notable benefits of partial dentures include:
- Customized dentures
- Improved appearance
- Faster treatment process
- Less invasive treatment
- Affordable teeth replacement solution
- Improved ability to function
The benefits one receives depend on their treatment goals. Many report feeling far more confident daily as they are able to show off a full and beautiful smile. The functional benefits are also very important to many patients.
The different types of partial dentures
There are several main types of partial dentures. During a consultation, the dentist can go over all available options to help the patient make the best choice. The primary types of partial dentures include:
- Acrylic resin
- Cast metal
Acrylic resin is often the most highly recommended solution due to its combination of durability, quality appearance, and cost. Porcelain is very strong, durable, and looks great as well, although it is more costly. Cast metal partial dentures are a reliable solution as well.
How the partial dentures treatment process works
The partial dentures treatment process is different for every patient as the process is personalized and there are unique preparation procedures likely in order. The process begins with a consultation visit. The dentist can inform the patient of any preparation procedures that are necessary before customizing and ensuring the proper fit and appearance of the dentures. It can take more than a week to fully adjust to the feel of partial dentures, and routine check-up visits are required to ensure they remain in good condition and the patient is able to maintain ideal oral health.
Speak with a licensed dentist about partial dentures
Here at our dental practice, we help our patients restore the confidence they have in their smile and ability to function daily after teeth loss occurs through partial dentures. If you are interested in partial dentures and want to learn more about how treatment can benefit you, then contact our dental practice today.
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