Most patients that visit our Gentle Dental Service clinic think that dentures complete rows of artificial teeth that can only be used when one doesn’t have any teeth left on their upper or lower jawbone. However, contrary to popular belief, there is a type of denture that is called partial dentures, which can be used to replace a couple of missing teeth on the jawbone.
Partial dentures are usually used when a patient has more than one missing tooth next to each other. Partial dentures are mostly used to replace several missing back teeth. They can both be adjusted to replace only one side of the teeth or both sides.
At Gentle Dental Service, we usually suggest partial dentures for our older patients, or patients with damaged/weak gums and jawbones, since tooth implants require these areas to be healthy and strong. Partial dentures, unlike tooth implants, are removable sets of artificial teeth that are attached to the gum or other natural teeth to be kept in place. They are easier to clean and they are very durable. Partial dentures, just like any other artificial teeth, can be adjusted to match your natural tooth color. However, they usually aren’t visible since they are mostly used for replacing back teeth.
How many teeth do you need for a partial denture?
Most of the time, patients are suggested to get partial dentures if they have more than two or three healthy natural teeth left on their upper or lower jawbone. However, there are no restrictions on this number, and patients can have partial dentures for as few as two missing teeth.
The best choice for whether to get partial dentures or tooth implants for this situation can only be made with a professional dentist. You can visit us at our Gentle Dental Service clinic, which is situated in Hackensack, New Jersey, to consult our experienced and talented experts and determine the best option for your situation.
What can be done for missing back teeth?
There are two main options for replacing missing back teeth: tooth implants and partial dentures. While both these solutions are almost equally effective and safe, there are a few conditions that determine whether you need one or the other.
Tooth implants are usually suggested when a patient has one or several missing teeth apart from each other. Tooth implants are mostly sensible to use when the patient has less than 5 or 6 missing teeth since dentures or dental bridges are suggested for more. Dental implants also require the jawbone and the gums to be healthy, since the root of the implant is placed inside the gum and attached to the jawbone by drilling a hole in the jawbone. For this reason, tooth implants are usually suggested for younger people with healthy gums and jawbones.
On the other hand, partial dentures are usually suggested when two or more missing teeth next to each other need replacement. Partial dentures are usually used for older patients, for the reasons we mentioned before. Although there are several types of partial dentures, the most common type is metal partial dentures, which are a type of partial dentures that use a metal frame to keep the artificial teeth together. Partial dentures are designed to be removable, and they are very easy to care for and clean in general.
Can you eat with partial dentures?
You can easily and safely eat while wearing partial dentures. Partial dentures are designed and adjusted to fit perfectly in your mouth, and function just like the natural teeth. The only drawback to partial dentures is that they need cleaning on a daily basis, or after every meal, to make sure that they don’t cause damage to your mouth, and they are safe to use. Partial dentures are easy to wear and remove, and they are also very easy to clean. They can be brushed just like natural teeth, and they can be soaked with special solutions for longer use.
For further information about partial dentures, or other questions about your dental health, you can call us at 201-457-1010, or you can visit us at our Gentle Dental Service clinic, which is in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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