Flexible Partial Dentures in Richton MS
We have plenty of options to help you replace missing teeth.
One option that continues to be popular – especially with recent updates in technology – is partial dentures.
Today’s partial dentures offer greater flexibility, increased comfort, and a more natural look. They are a great choice for anyone who needs to replace multiple teeth and would like to explore options other than dental implants.
What Is a Partial Denture?
When you think of dentures, you probably visualize complete dentures, a full set of replacement teeth that replaces all the teeth on either your upper or lower arch. If you have missing teeth but your remaining teeth are still healthy, however, you don’t want to remove your healthy teeth in order to use a full denture!
This is where partial dentures come in.
The individual teeth, which are custom crafted to blend in flawlessly with your other teeth, are set into a metal or gum-colored resin base and held in place using clips that fit around your other teeth. This allows you to fill in gaps for more comfortable chewing and smiling while retaining your existing healthy teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
This probably seems like an obvious question, but it’s worth exploring. The truth is that missing teeth have both oral health and social consequences, and both of these should be addressed to improve or restore your quality of life.
When teeth go missing, the other teeth have a tendency to tip toward the gap. This knocks your bite out of alignment and sets off a chain reaction of other problems. A misaligned bite leads to:
- Pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint
- Excess wear on teeth
- Cracking and fracturing
- Clenching and grinding
Eventually, the result will likely be additional lost teeth. As you lose teeth, you also lose periodontal bone. We want to keep this process to a minimum.
As you may have already observed, missing teeth carry a strong stigma in our society. If you are missing teeth, people may make unfair and untrue assumptions about you, and this can result in you missing out on professional and personal opportunities.
Your smile is your signature and your calling card. It’s a window into who you are. You owe it to yourself to present the best possible version of yourself so you can attain the success you deserve.
Planning for Partials
If you are missing teeth, please call Richton Dental Care today. We will set up a consultation with Dr. Darby so he can assess your oral health and review your options with you.
Once you and Dr. Darby have decided on partial dentures, he will perform any treatment necessary to improve your dental health (such as periodontal therapy or removing seriously damaged teeth). Once this is complete, we will take impressions. These impressions, along with digital photographs and Dr. Darby’s specific instructions, will be used by the lab to custom craft your partials.
When your partials return from the lab, we will call you back to our office so you can try on the appliance and see how it fits and feels. Once you and Dr. Darby are happy with the appearance and fit of the partial denture, you are all set!
Dr. Darby will give you instructions for wearing, storing, and cleaning the partial denture. If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call!