Partial dentures are dentures that are used to replace a small number of missing teeth. The dentures are attached to the healthy teeth, making the smile complete. Partial dentures can be made from different materials, including plastic or a mixture of plastic and metal. Dentures made from alloys or cobalt and chromium are usually recommended because they are stronger and more durable.
Why are partial dentures beneficial?
Partial dentures are used to replace small numbers of missing teeth, whilst complete dentures are used to replace complete sets of missing teeth. Losing a tooth can affect your appearance and self-confidence, as well as affecting your ability to eat and your speech. It is important to replace missing teeth because gaps in the teeth can cause problems for healthy teeth and the tissue surrounding them. If gaps are left in the smile, the teeth may start to move and the risk of gum disease and decay are increased. This is because bacteria tend to collect between the gaps in the teeth. The teeth also support the cheeks, and so gaps in the teeth may cause the cheeks to sag and in turn make you look older.
Metal alloy dentures are usually preferred to plastic dentures because they are stronger and more comfortable; they are also better for general oral health than plastic dentures, as they do harm the surrounding healthy teeth. The metal part of the denture is covered with flesh coloured plastic to disguise it and enable it to blend in and create a natural looking aesthetic.
Are partial dentures uncomfortable?
The idea of having partial dentures attached to healthy teeth may sound uncomfortable, but dentures have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and they are now more comfortable than ever before. Initially, it may take a while for you to get used to wearing partial dentures, but you will soon get used to them. Partial dentures are usually removed at night but your dentist may recommend keeping them in during the night when you first have them fitted.
How much do partial dentures cost?
The cost of partial dentures varies according to the materials used for the dentures and the dentist and clinic you choose. Partial denture costs can vary greatly but will usually start at around £250. Some dentists with a great deal of experience and expertise charge higher rates than other dentists. Clinic fees also vary and it is worth shopping around to see what prices different clinics can offer. Make sure you get a full breakdown of the price before you agree to have treatment.