Who Needs Partial Dentures?

Who Needs Partial Dentures?

About 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, and 120 million are missing at least one tooth. For those 36 million without any teeth, complete dentures may be the right solution, but what about those who still have a number of their natural teeth? David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group are proud to offer partial dentures for people who need to replace some of their teeth.

In this blog, Dr. Epstein and Dr. Vakil discuss what partial dentures are and who might benefit from them.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are attached to an acrylic, gum-colored base. They’re custom-made from models of your mouth, and metal clasps or attachments help secure them in your mouth. A set of partial dentures fits perfectly around the remaining teeth, and the dentures are usually removed each night for easy cleaning.

The process of getting partial dentures requires several appointments. This includes:

Although partial dentures have a smaller adjustment period than complete dentures, you can still expect to take some time for your muscles and gums to get used to your new dentures.

Who can benefit from partial dentures?

Partial dentures can restore the form and function of your mouth if you have lost multiple teeth due to decay or injury. You might consider partial dentures if you:

These are just a few of the situations where someone might benefit from partial dentures. If you think you could benefit from them, your provider can discuss your situation and go over your options.

What if partial dentures aren’t right for you? 

Partial dentures aren’t the right solution for everyone. For example, if you have a few remaining teeth but have issues with them, you might benefit from extracting the remaining teeth and choosing complete dentures instead. Alternatively, if you are only missing one tooth, you may instead benefit from a bridge or an implant.

Rest assured, when you visit The Woodlands Dental Group, you don’t have to make these decisions alone. When you arrive for your consultation, our team reviews your oral health, examines your remaining teeth, and makes the appropriate recommendations to help you reach your short- and long-term oral health goals.

To schedule a consultation and learn more about partial dentures, book an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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