What Are Partial Dentures?

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What Are Partial Dentures?

Find out how partial dentures replace missing teeth.

A partial denture is a removable oral appliance that is custom-made to fill gaps in your smile to replace one or more missing teeth. They are held in place using clasps or attachments that connect to neighboring healthy teeth. This device is often made from a variety of materials including a metal frame, an acrylic base designed to look like real gum tissue and natural-looking false teeth.

Our St. Peters, MO, dentist Dr. Amanda Hillis will take impressions of your mouth so that a dental lab will have the exact measurements needed to create a perfectly fitted set of teeth that will help make chewing and speaking easier.

Why do I need partial dentures?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth should turn to their dentist in St. Peters, MO, to replace their tooth or teeth. The sooner the tooth is replaced the better. If your tooth loss isn’t treated there are several problems that can occur. For one, teeth will begin to shift into the gap in your smile, which can cause misalignments in your smile. Furthermore, the soft tissue and supporting bone surrounding the missing teeth will also shrink. This, in turn, can alter your appearance and affect the structure and shape of your face. Your teeth support the muscles of your face, so when you lose teeth you need false teeth to provide the same support for the facial muscles.

What are the benefits of partial dentures?

Many adults turn to partial dentures to replace missing teeth because this is a simple, cost-effective and less invasive treatment than other tooth replacement options. Partial dentures are also easy to care for, making it easy to maintain a strong, healthy restoration for many years.

Plus, thanks to constantly advancing technology our dental team can offer partial dentures that resemble real teeth, so you never have to worry that these false teeth will stand out when you smile. While you may need to come in for future adjustments to make sure your partials continue to fit properly, Dr. Hillis and her team make getting and maintaining partial dentures easy.

If you are missing several teeth you may be wondering if partial dentures are the right choice. If so, call your dentist at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO, today at (636) 970-7902 to find out more and to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

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