Partials and Full Dentures for Patients in the Pinellas Park, FL, Area
Partials are artificial tooth appliances that can sometimes be used as an alternative to dental implants if a patient has some natural teeth remaining. Usually, partials are made of an acrylic or metal base, acrylic gums, and acrylic or porcelain teeth. To allow for easy cleaning, the appliance is fitted with metal clasps that attach to the surrounding natural teeth. If you are interested in learning about your options for replacing one or more missing teeth, the dental professionals at Florida Dental Centers in Pinellas Park, Florida, can provide all of the information you need.
In general, partials can be very effective for replacing missing teeth; however, this type of denture is not appropriate for everyone. Specifically, a partial denture requires both sufficient soft tissue and remaining natural teeth. To help you find the best solution for you, your dentist at Florida Dental Centers will perform a thorough examination. If partials are appropriate and you decide to proceed, your dentist will determine if you need any dental work prior to your denture fitting. Your partial denture will then be custom designed and fabricated at our own denture lab near Pinellas Park, FL.
Some of the benefits of partials include:
- Improved oral health – Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from drifting into the gaps left by missing teeth. When teeth drift, they leave behind spaces where food particles can become trapped. This can allow bacteria to grow and ultimately lead to gum disease.
- Improved chewing – Partials can restore a proper bite that was skewed by missing teeth, allowing for better chewing and food digestion.
- Improved speech – Certain sounds require the lips or tongue to make contact with the teeth for correct pronunciation; partials can help restore proper speech.
- Improved appearance – A partial denture will help support the cheeks, lips, and overall facial structure, which can help create a more youthful appearance.
Like natural teeth, partials must be maintained with regular, thorough cleansing. When the meticulous care of a partial denture is combined with excellent oral hygiene practices — including daily flossing, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and rinsing with mouthwash, as well as regular checkups performed by a dentist — this method of replacing missing teeth can be very successful.
To learn more about partials, full dentures, or any other type of dental treatment, contact Florida Dental Centers today to schedule an appointment at our office in Pinellas Park, FL.