Missing teeth can affect how we look and how we eat. Partial dentures can be a great cost-effective option if you are missing teeth and are looking to restore function. It is an appliance that is removable with fake teeth that replace lost teeth. It is also retained with clasps on the teeth that are still present.
Removable partial dentures are helpful in many ways. When a tooth is removed, the other teeth can begin to “drift” into the available space either by tilting from next to it or erupting from the other arch. This can cause discomfort as the bite shifts and more pressure is put on fewer teeth. Partials eliminate this drift by holding the other teeth in place and maintaining the arch form. Missing teeth can also alter speech and ability to eat. Partials can also help with this as it provides chewing surfaces and allows correct positioning of cheek and tongue.
These appliances are made out of nylon, or acrylic that is the color of the gums. The teeth are made of plastic that can be closely matched to the color of the existing teeth.
Partial dentures can be a great option if you have missing teeth, if you would like to learn if a partial denture will work for you please contact our friendly team in Alamosa at Valley Smiles.