Should I Do Removable Partials or Fixed Restorations Like Implants or Bridges?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both and it will largely depend on your budget and the level of comfort you want. Fixed restorations are more expensive, but they also give you more of a sense of having natural teeth.
On the other hand, it is much easier to remove a partial and clean it than it is to maintain good oral hygiene with a fixed prosthetic. Fixed prosthetics are also more difficult to modify or repair, so if you want to go with a fixed restoration, you will have to make a serious commitment to your oral health. Although the restorations themselves will not decay, you can still be vulnerable to gum disease and that could cause your restorations to fail.
Should I Do Removable Partials, or Take Out All My Teeth and Do Complete Dentures?
If you are missing only a few teeth, and your overall dental health is good, a partial is the best solution. Full removable dentures are somewhat less stable and can result in more bone loss in your jaw than with a partial.
That said, if you are very prone to tooth decay, and you anticipate losing more teeth in the near future, you might want to have your remaining teeth extracted and go with full dentures rather than prolong the inevitable.
What Is the Process of Getting Removable Partial Dentures?
Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth. Then these impressions will be sent to a lab where your partial dentures will be created. You will come back for a final fitting and some fine-tuning to make sure that your partial fits properly and feels good. Sometimes, more than one fitting may be needed as you get used to your partial dentures.
How Long Does It Take?
Usually, you can expect to have your partial denture ready in a couple of weeks.
Will I Be Without Teeth While My Partials are Being Made?
No. Your dentist will provide you with a temporary partial denture that you can wear while you are waiting.
How Much Do Partials Cost?
Depending on the materials used, partial dentures will usually cost anywhere from $600 to $1,300.
How Do I Take Care of My Partials?
Simply use a denture brush and toothpaste. Make sure to do it over the sink so that you don’t drop and damage your partial, and make sure to pay particular attention to any areas that will come in contact with your natural teeth.
Do Removable Partials Increase My Risk for Future Cavities or Periodontal Disease?
Only if you neglect the health of your surrounding teeth and gums. Keep your partials clean, continue to brush and floss your remaining teeth properly and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Will My Partials Look Good/Natural?
With modern imaging techniques and materials, your partials will look very good. In fact, if you choose not to tell people that you are wearing a partial, it can remain a secret between you and your dentist.
If you have missing teeth and you are considering removable partial dentures as an alternative to permanent restorations like implants or bridges, contact Boss Dental Care. We are located at 801 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78411. You can reach us by phone at 361-992-7551, or use the convenient form on our Contact Us page to book a consultation.