If you have a few missing teeth, talk to your dentist about the best way to fill in the gaps they left so you can eat a variety of foods and have a more attractive smile. It's possible to replace missing teeth with implants, a bridge, or partial dentures.
You may find partials fit your budget better and are an acceptable way to restore your dental health. Here's information about partial dentures.
Your Natural Teeth Won't Need Crowns
Partial dentures clasp onto your natural teeth, but you don't need to put crowns on healthy teeth like you do with a bridge. Partials look like regular dentures in that they have artificial teeth on trays. However, with partials, there are some teeth missing on the trays.
The gaps on the trays are filled in by your natural teeth once the partials are in your mouth. The teeth on the trays replace your missing teeth. A partial plate fits in your mouth like a puzzle piece and results in a full arch of teeth. To hold the dentures securely, there are clasps attached that temporarily hook over your natural teeth.
The Dental Work Is Quicker And Less Costly
Getting partial dentures is a quicker process than getting implants. Plus, partials are usually less expensive than implants or a bridge. The dentures still have to be made in a lab, so that takes some time, but you could have your partials in weeks rather than the months it often takes to get the implant process completed.
Partial Dentures Are Made In Different Ways
Partials are treated just like full dentures in that you take them out at night to soak them. The difference is they hold onto healthy teeth rather than your gums. There are three types of partial dentures and you'll want to discuss them with your dentist because some stay in your mouth better than others.
Cast metal partials are strong and hold the teeth together the best. This is a popular choice since there is less worry over a denture coming out when it's made of cast metal. The metal part is covered with colored plastic so it matches your gums.
Acrylic partials are the least expensive option. Your dentist might give you these for temporary use while your permanent partials are made. They're lightweight, so they can be damaged more easily, but if you like them, you can choose to wear them permanently.
Flexible partial dentures are in the mid-price range. These are made of nylon or plastic. They're more comfortable and durable than acrylic partials, but less durable than metal. They tend to have the most realistic look.