Partial Dentures IN MEDFORD, OR
There is not quite anything more embarrassing than smiling with missing teeth. Having missing teeth not only takes a toll on your self-confidence, but it also interrupts proper functioning of the mouth and teeth. If you are missing teeth it can be hard to eat, chew and even speak. The good news is that if you have missing teeth a partial denture can offer an affordable and reliable restorative solution making it more comfortable to smile, eat and speak.
It is important to replace missing teeth for the overall benefit of your oral health. Teeth that are not replaced once gone missing can lead to a wide array of dental problems that can cause you further embarrassment and financial hardships in the future. When a tooth is missing and not replaced it is not uncommon for the remaining teeth to shift causing issues with bite and alignment. Furthermore, without constant stimulation of the bone, a tooth that is missing and not replaced could also lead to bone loss. Bone loss and shifting of the oral cavity can ultimately result in distortion of the face and jaw line.
How Do Partial Dentures Work?
Dentures are removable appliances that generally have the replacement teeth fixed into the acrylic gum-colored base. This base may or may not cover a metal framework. Most partial dentures will have a metal clasp that attaches to the existing natural teeth, which will secure the denture in place.
It is not uncommon for some patients to require dental crowns in addition to a partial denture in order to have the denture fit more comfortably and properly in the mouth.
Types of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are made of acrylic and metal materials or completely out of acrylic. The anatomy of a patient’s mouth and their unique circumstances will dictate which type of partial denture is recommended. In all cases, however, every effort is put forth to ensure that the existing remaining teeth and oral tissue is preserved and protected.
Metal partial dentures are more often than not preferred among dental professionals because they offer a more structurally superior restorative solution. Metal partial dentures are not only thinner than acrylic partial dentures, but they are also more hygienic. In most cases all acrylic partial dentures will be used as a temporary or transitional partial while the metal appliance is being fabricated.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures prevent shifting of the existing teeth, which helps to maintain face shape. Partial dentures also restore functionality to the mouth, allowing you to once again eat and speak more comfortably and naturally. Additionally, partial dentures will help to restore your sense of confidence by providing you with a restorative solution that brings back your natural smile.
If you are in need of a restoration solution for your missing tooth or teeth, contact the office of Julie Fagundes, DDS today. Dr. Fagundes’ experience and training will allow her to determine the most appropriate solution for your unique situation and you can be sure that she will create a solution that fully restores functionality and beauty to your smile.