Partial Dentures in Edmond OK
Unfortunately, there are cases in which the patient’s natural teeth simply can’t be saved. When this happens you will need a way to replace the missing teeth. If you are missing several teeth, a removable partial denture is one of your options. This type of tooth replacement is normally made of porcelain, plastic, or acrylic teeth, set in a gum colored plastic or nylon base. The device may be shaped to hug your gum or it may attach to your teeth using specially shaped clamps. Removable partial dentures must be taken out to be cleaned after eating.
Many people have had success with removable partial dentures, and they are certainly preferable to having missing teeth. An expert dentist such as Dr. Bender will do everything possible to make sure that your denture fits comfortably. This may mean placing crowns on the teeth that hold the denture in place, or reshaping the adjoining teeth slightly. Even with a good fitting, many people find dentures uncomfortable, and if they are not cleaned properly food particles can remained trapped in the device or on the teeth and decay can result.
While removable partial dentures are a relatively quick and economical way to replace teeth, the nicest, most functional, and most comfortable way to replace multiple missing teeth is with dental implants. Click the link to read more about this option. But dental implants are more costly, and if they don’t fit into your budget, removable partial dentures can work quite well and last for a long time.
Another option for replacing one or two missing teeth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a permanent solution that involves cementing replacement teeth to existing teeth. As for all dental procedures there are pros and cons to dental bridges.
There is another appliance called a “flipper” partial that is an economical way to replace one or two teeth. While it isn’t very durable and sometimes it isn’t strong enough to eat with, it is quite useful as a temporary tooth replacement while you are waiting for a dental implant to heal, or in other temporary situations.
If you have missing teeth, please give us a call at 405-341-9351 or visit our make an appointment page. We’ll be happy to discuss all your options with you.