What Are Partial Dentures?

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Posted: October 15, 2022

Middle age grey-haired man wearing casual clothes smiling cheerful showing and pointing with fingers teeth and mouthYou have several treatment options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Several of these options fall under the category of dentures.

Any removable device used to substitute missing teeth is called a denture. Dentures can dramatically enhance quality of life by improving your chewing, biting, speech, and appearance. 

Some patients are surprised to learn that there are multiple types of dentures. Partial dentures are a popular denture style that can effectively address issues related to missing teeth.

Partial Dentures Versus Full Dentures

Partial dentures and full dentures have some similarities but treat slightly different dental problems.

Full dentures are a complete set of removable replacement teeth. People with little to no remaining teeth often get full dentures as a cosmetic and functional solution to their dental problems. 

Partial dentures are for people who only have some teeth missing. Dentists design partial dentures to fill in the gaps where you no longer have teeth and align with the remaining teeth, resulting in a set of dentures that can comfortably fit into your mouth.

Dentists also make partial dentures to match your natural teeth, such as recreating the color and shape of your natural teeth. The final product will have a seamless look and provide much relief from chewing and biting challenges. 

Benefits of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures have several benefits that can improve your life and prevent further dental problems. 

Dentures help with essential daily functions such as chewing, biting, and speaking. They can also boost self-confidence by giving you back your smile and jaw shape. 

You may hesitate to get partial dentures if your missing teeth aren’t causing significant disruption to your speaking or chewing, but this treatment can still help your dental health even if you aren’t having those issues.

If you don’t fill in the empty gaps in your mouth, your teeth can shift, creating alignment issues. So even if the missing teeth don’t currently impact your bite or smile, you can suffer problems in the future. 

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Partial dentures are fantastic for your physical health and your self-confidence. Contact Aspenwood Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation with our doctors. 


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