Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image — it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: full or partial dentures.
Full or partial dentures consist of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin, which fits over the remaining bony ridge that formerly held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth projecting from the base are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. Dentures are held in place primarily by the suctioning effect of their close fit against the gums — that’s why it’s so important that they are fitted properly. The upper denture also gets extra support from the large surface area of the roof of the mouth. Dentures also help support the facial skeleton and the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks, which can help create a more youthful appearance.
Temporary Treatment Partial: These relatively inexpensive removable plastic partial serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.
Removable Partial Dentures: Usually made of either cast metal or processed resin, these well-constructed, removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.