Tooth loss can negatively affect dental function, as well as your overall oral health. If you have lost several consecutive teeth or are planning on undergoing multiple tooth extractions, a precision-partial denture can restore your ability to speak, eat, and smile with ease of not showing any metal clasps when you smile. The unique prosthetic can be removable or implant-retained. Both restoration options consist of false teeth that are attached to a gum-colored metal base. Dr. Rene Aviles, a proud member of multiple professional dental societies, offers partial dentures to patients in and around Palm City, FL. Dr. Aviles has earned a local reputation for being a caring dentist who provides individualized care to all his patients.
Am I a Candidate for a Partial Denture?
If you have experienced extensive tooth loss but still have one or more healthy teeth near the gap in your smile, you may be a candidate for a precision-partial denture. Patients who seek implant-supported partial dentures at our dental office must have sufficient jawbone density to support dental implant posts, which are surgically placed in the jaw. If you have experienced jawbone atrophy (a common result of tooth loss) then you may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy for implant placement.
If you have lost several consecutive teeth, a partial denture can restore your ability to speak, eat, and smile.
A precision-partial denture consists of a row of false teeth and a gum-colored acrylic base, held in place to crowns that have hidden precision-attachments and those crowns are on neighboring teeth
Full Denture vs. Partial Denture
Our Palm City dental practice offers partial and full dentures. Full dentures, or sometimes called traditional or complete dentures, replace an entire dental arch in either the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures can be removable or implant-retained. If you choose removable dentures, they will be secured to the gums using suction or a bonding agent, while implant-supported dentures will be surgically and securely fastened to implant posts.
Precision-partial dentures are more stable and secured than full dentures since the precision-partial denture is held in place by attaching to crowns on adjacent teeth. Those crowns have hidden precision-attachments that can be adjusted to have light to heavy retention. In addition, the attachments are hidden and the patient does not show any metal when they smile. No ugly metal clasps showing.
What Are My Partial Denture Options?
- Traditional Metal Partial Denture: This type of partial denture is one of the most common choices among our patients. The removable prosthetic consists of a row of false teeth and a gum-colored acrylic-metal base. The prosthetic is held in place with small metal clasps that attach to your neighboring teeth. They work well but the metal clasps show when the patient smiles.
- Precision-partial dentures are more stable and secured than traditional metal partial dentures since the precision-partial denture is held in place by attaching to crowns on adjacent teeth. Those crowns have hidden precision-attachments that can be adjusted to have light to heavy retention. In addition, the attachments are hidden and the patient does not show any metal when they smile. No ugly metal clasps showing.
- Acrylic Removable Partial Denture: These acrylic removable partial dentures are one of our more economical partial denture options. The prosthetic consists of false teeth that are set in a gum-colored acrylic base. The device uses small metal clasps to affix to neighboring teeth. This option is generally considered less durable than metal removable partial dentures.
- Flexible Partial Denture: Patients who have a metal allergy may benefit from using a flexible partial denture, which is made from thermoplastic nylon resin. The prosthesis uses tooth-colored clasps instead of metal bands to remain in place. No metal showing since the clasps are made of nylon resin. But the clasps still show.
- Implant-Supported Partial Denture: Patients who wish to have a strong, permanent solution to tooth loss may benefit from having an implant-supported partial denture placed. The prosthetic attaches directly to the jawbone through the use of dental implant posts. To receive this unique type of denture, you will need to undergo dental implant surgery. The straightforward surgery typically requires three to six months of recovery that allows the jawbone tissue to fuse with the dental implant through a process called osseointegration.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
At Palm City Dentistry, we offer several types of partial dentures. Dr. Aviles will ensure that you are fitted with the right partial denture that meets your personal goals and budget. If you have concerns about financing, we gladly accept CareCredit 12-month interest-free payment plans upon approval. Do not put off restoring your smile. Send our office a message or call (772) 208-9201 today.