Partial dentures are replacement teeth in only part of the mouth, with your natural teeth remaining in some upper or lower portions. They can be either removable or fixed / permanent (typically called a bridge).
Removable partial denture (RPD) usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework to adjacent, crowned teeth, that hold the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures not only fill in the spaces of missing teeth, they also prevent other adjacent teeth from changing position. A removable partial denture has internal attachments that attach to the adjacent crowns.
In some cases, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is typically greater, but the implants and bridges usually more closely resemble the feel of real teeth in your mouth. However, not everyone is a candidate for implants, so we will have you consult your dentist to decide on the best treatment plan for you.
Most dental insurance providers do cover some, or all, of the cost of dentures and partial dentures, however you should contact your insurance company to find out the details of what they will cover.
During the process of making the dentures, your dental team will:
1. Make a series of impressions of your jaw to make a mock up of your mouth and take measurements.
2. Create models in the exact shape of the denture to be made that we will try in your mouth to assess for color, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast.
3. Cast a final denture
4. Make any adjustments, as needed.
Dentures and partial dentures are complex dental procedures and as each individual is different we do request that you make an appointment with one of our dentists to develop a treatment plan for your dental health that is catered to your specific dental needs. So please request an appointment online or call us today for scheduling.