Tooth loss rarely follows a neat pattern. Instead, teeth may be lost in different areas of the mouth, putting a dental bridge out of the question. But if a dental bridge will not work, and several teeth still remain so that a full denture is not necessary, what can be used to fill the gaps between teeth? The answer is known as a partial denture. To learn more about partial dentures, read below as your Brighton dentist, Dr. Thomas Villani, responds to frequently asked questions about them.
What is the difference between a partial denture and a dental bridge?
A partial denture is a solution for non-adjacent tooth loss while a dental bridge is a solution for adjacent tooth loss. For instance, if only one gap needs to be filled, a dental bridge is the best choice. However, if there are multiple gaps that need filling, a single partial denture can take the place of multiple bridges.
Should teeth be extracted so that a full denture can be worn?
Teeth should only be extracted if they are unhealthy and there is no other option. When only a few healthy teeth remain, it may seem logical to extract the teeth to allow a full denture to be worn. However, teeth do more than break down food. They help to transfer stimulating forces to the jawbone to encourage good bone density and their roots also trigger the body to send vital nutrients to them and the jawbone surrounding them. Thus, it is best to take care of healthy teeth and replace the missing teeth with a partial denture.
Can a partial denture be supported by dental implants?
Absolutely. Dental implants can support a partial denture, giving the prosthetic teeth a more natural feel and making them more stable and comfortable.
Dentures and Partial Dentures from your Brighton Dentist
Is tooth loss affecting your day-to-day life? Are things you used to take for granted, like speaking and eating, presenting difficulties? If so, contact Brighton Family Dental Group today at (617) 562-5210 to discuss dentures and partial dentures with your Brighton dentist, Dr. Villani. We proudly serve patients from Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Brighton, and the 02135 area.