If you have tooth loss and want a beautiful smile again, consider partial dentures near Denver, CO
As we age, total body health becomes more important than ever. When you think of dentures, you may not make the link between them and total body health. The truth is that your ability to eat what you need with proper chewing and digestion is essential to your overall health. This is, in many cases, not possible if you are missing teeth. If you are in a situation where you need dentures, but you have natural teeth remaining, then Dr. Scott Stewart at South Lakewood Dental near Denver, CO offers partial dentures and is available to discuss if this option is right for you.
A partial denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Normally, it will consist of synthetic teeth secured to a gum-colored plastic base. In some cases, this base will connect to a metal frame which holds the dentures in place inside the mouth. A partial denture is designed to fill the spaces that are created when a patient experiences tooth loss. One benefit of a partial denture is to ensure that your remaining natural teeth do not shift, over time, into the open space created by the tooth loss.
When partial dentures are needed, you’ll come into the office and have impressions taken of your teeth/jaw. From there, a model will be made of the denture so that you may try it on before the permanent one is created. You’ll want to make sure that it fits correctly and feels comfortable in your mouth. With partial dentures, this is especially important because the denture will have to co-exist with your remaining natural teeth. Once you feel good about the fit, the permanent denture will be created (usually at an outside lab). This process can take several weeks. Once the permanent denture is in, try it on and then, if needed, adjustments may be made so that you have a perfect and comfortable fit.
While you will need to check with Dr. Stewart to see what options are available, there are generally a few options offered when it comes to partial dentures:
- Cast Metal Partial – A partial denture that is stronger, offers less bulk and provides a great fit. It uses a metal framework, onto which the denture teeth are attached.
- Flexible Partial – Created from a special material offering added comfort and fit.
- Acrylic Partial – A more affordable, but more bulky option. An acrylic base onto which the dental teeth are affixed and then attached to your natural teeth via small metal clasps.
- Polymer partial dentures – Polymer partials provide a biocompatible, lightweight, metal-free, nonirritating, and more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal-based partial dentures. Extremely suitable for those with different kinds of allergies. We can even eliminate the pink dye from the acrylic for those who may be sensitive to that component.
Life can take its toll on our teeth and gums. While tooth loss can occur at any age, it can become more of a liability as we age. Dr. Scott Stewart and his staff at South Lakewood Dental don’t want you stressing over how this tooth loss is going to affect your ability to chew and speak or affect your appearance. If you are experiencing tooth loss and are interested in partial dentures, come in today and Dr. Stewart will put your mind at ease with expert advice and planning.