Partial dentures, commonly referred to as partials, are used for patients who are missing a few teeth on the upper or lower arch. They are supported by the remaining teeth and surrounding tissues. If you are missing one or more teeth due to extraction, injury, or decay, the dental team at Legacy Dental may recommend partials.
Partial dentueress are generally removable and consist of false teeth supported by a gum-colored base and will have plastic or metal clips. A fixed partial denture stays in place. Fixed partials are typically referred to as dental bridges.
For patients missing all of their teeth or whose remaining teeth are not healthy, we recommend conventional or full dentures. We will extract the remaining teeth, take an impression, and fabricate a custom denture that will replace all of the teeth in the top or bottom arch.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, are recommended for patients who are missing a few teeth, either in the upper or lower arch. This tooth replacement solution requires the support of neighboring natural teeth.
The three most common options for removable partials include:
The most common type of removable partial denture is cast metal partials. They are made of a pink base with prosthetic teeth. It is held in place with 2 or more clasps, typically made of metal. Cast metal partials are highly stable and, with proper care, resistant to plaque build-up. This is ideal for patients who want a long-term solution.
Flexible partials are made of flexible plastic material that blends in with your gum tissue and natural teeth. This is an option for patients who are allergic to acrylic. If they crack or break, flexible partials must be replaced. Typially, this type of partial is only a temporary solution.
Another temporary option is an acrylic partial or flipper tooth. It is made of an acrylic base, a replacement tooth/teeth, and may have metal clasps. This is the least expensive type of partial denture, as well as the least comfortable. This option is not meant to be long-lasting.
According to the experts, a flipper is a great option to fill in the gap for patients who are waiting on dental implants to heal before getting their final crown.
Fixed partials are non-removable dental prostheses that are permanently affixed to the neighboring teeth. They are also referred to as dental bridges. The four most common types of fixed partials include:
A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more false teeth with a dental crown on each side. It may be made of all-metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic and depends on the natural teeth on each end of the gap to hold it in place.
A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge but only has support the false tooth/teeth on one side.
A Maryland bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and is made of gold or porcelain. It has wings that bond to neighboring teeth on each side of the gap to keep it stable.
An implant-supported bridge is an ideal solution for patients missing three or more teeth. It is like a traditional bridge but depends on implants on each side of the gap for support instead of being attached to natural teeth.
On average, removable partials cost $1000 to $2,500 per arch. Flexible partials cost $900 to $2,000, and flipper teeth cost $300 to $500. A dental bridge is the most expensive, ranging from $3,000 to $6,500.
Many dental insurance plans will cover a portion of the cost of partial dentures. Our friendly office staff will work with your provider to determine coverage. If it is determined that your plan coverage is limited or will not cover treatment, we will let you know prior to treatment.
We do strive to make dental treatments affordable, so we offer a variety of options from payment plans to in-house financing (you need a credit card or checking account) to CareCredit and more. If you or someone you know is unable to afford dental treatment, please let us know and we'll try to work something out.
There are several different kinds of partials to choose from and your specific situation may make some more viable than others. Schedule your appointment today with the team at Legacy Dental to determine your options.
We will examine your mouth and consider the following:
Once we've gathered this information, we will be able to recommend the best partial denture to fit your needs. In some cases, we may determine that partials are not the best option. In this case, we will be happy to recommend other options for you, such as full dentures, overdentures, or dental implants.
If you are missing several teeth, schedule your consultation with Legacy Dental as soon as possible because missing teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration, which can compromise neighboring teeth. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We look forward to meeting with you and determining the best tooth replacement option for your situation.
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There is no standard answer for this because there are several factors that impact the life expectancy of your partials, including your bite and how well you care for your denture.
You can eat with most types of partial dentures. The only caveat to that is flipper teeth, which are cosmetic. They are not strong enough to eat with. When you first get your dentures, cut up foods into smaller bites and chew on both sides of your mouth to even out the pressure. Sticky, hard foods will be challenging.
Fixed partials and Maryland bridges are glued in with dental cement. Removable partials typically have clasps, or you can use denture adhesive to hold them in place.
When you first get your dentures, you may visit more often until you get them adjusted to where they are comfortable. After that, like all patients, you will need to visit twice yearly for cleanings and check-ups.
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