Partial dentures are removable dental prosthetics that replace one or more missing teeth when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. They are designed to fill the gaps created by missing teeth, restoring functionality, aesthetics, and overall oral health. Partial dentures are used when a person has one or more missing teeth but still retains some natural teeth. They help fill in the spaces left by missing teeth, preventing the remaining teeth from shifting out of position. At Ivan K. Salmons DDS, partial dentures improve chewing ability, speech, and overall oral function by restoring the proper alignment of teeth.
The Procedure for Partial Dentures
Partial dentures typically have a pink acrylic base that mimics gum tissue, and the replacement teeth portion is made from a durable and natural-looking material such as acrylic or porcelain. The materials used provide strength, durability, and a natural appearance. Based on the impressions and treatment plan, a custom design for the partial denture is created, considering the shape and position of the remaining natural teeth.
Once the partial denture is fabricated, you will try it on, and the dentist will make necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit, comfort, and functionality. After the adjustments, the final partial denture is placed, and the dentist will provide instructions on how to care for and wear it.
The Benefits of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures help fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth, restoring a more complete and natural-looking smile. They are custom-made to blend with the remaining teeth, enhancing the overall appearance of the mouth and face.
Improved Chewing and Speaking
Partial dentures improve the ability to chew food correctly, which is essential for digestion and overall nutrition. They also help improve speech, as missing teeth affect pronunciation and clarity.
By replacing missing teeth, partial dentures can significantly boost self-confidence and self-esteem. They restore the smile and provide a more youthful appearance, allowing individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in social interactions.
Partial dentures help prevent the shifting of remaining natural teeth. When a tooth is lost, nearby teeth may gradually move into the space, causing misalignment and bite problems. Partial dentures help maintain the position and alignment of adjacent teeth, preserving their integrity.
Improved Oral Health
Partial dentures contribute to better oral health by filling in the gaps and preventing food particles from getting trapped in the spaces left by missing teeth. They also provide support to the facial muscles, which can help prevent sagging and premature aging.
Many people get partial dentures because they are affordable, versatile, and can restore your smile and confidence. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Ivan K. Salmons DDS at 1855 Indian Hills Drive, Sioux City, IA 51104, or call (712) 239-5900.