Dentures are a removable apparatus that substitutes for missing teeth. There are two kinds of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the patient’s teeth are missing and partials fill in gaps when only some of the teeth are missing.
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What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth and can help to support surrounding teeth by preventing them from shifting out of alignment. Typically, partial dentures act as a bridge and will be a set of teeth that are attached to a pink base matchng the gums. The base is usually connected to a metal framework, similar to a retainer a person wears after braces, that fits snug inside the mouth. Partials are used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Not only does the partial fill in the gaps created by missing teeth, but it also helps to secure the surrounding teeth and prevent them from shifting around. In most cases, partial dentures can be removable and are designed to be completely natural looking. They help to improve speaking and help with eating functions.
Are There Different Kinds Of Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are available in two types: fixed and removable. A fixed partial is usually fitted over surrounding teeth and secured in place with dental implants. A removable partial is often fitted to the roof of your mouth and secured in place by clasps that fit around the existing teeth. Whether you use fixed or removable will be dependent on how many healthy teeth are left. Dr. Juan C. Fabrega will be able to determine which is the best choice for you after an initial consultation.
What Are Partial Dentures Made From?
Your partials may be made using a variety of materials including acrylic, cobalt, chrome, as well as synthetic compounds consisting of a mixture of metal and acrylic. The composition depends on whether your dentist recommends getting a removable or fixed partial.
- Full Acrylic – These are where the dentures are attached to an acrylic plate. They are typically the easiest and cheapest option to manufacture. However, they also provide a weak grip and may be uncomfortable at times.
- Cobalt Chrome – These dentures consist of acrylic teeth attached to a metal base plate. Because they are constructed with metal, a thinner plate is used, which takes up less space in the mouth. The result is a more comfortable fit. They often provide better comfort, strength and grip.
How Much Do Partial Dentures Cost?
The cost of a partial is related to how many teeth are needed to replace. When just a few teeth are needed, a partial can run on average around $700. However, when more teeth are added to the dentures, the cost increases to somewhere around $1,000 to $1,200 for dentures that replace around 12 teeth. Using higher grade materials, such as the chrome, can add to the expense as well.
In some cases, your dental insurance provider will cover the cost of partials if there is a legitimate medical need as they are considered a major procedure. If you don’t have dental insurance, we provide convenient dental financing through CareCredit.
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