Partial Dentures – Removable & Fixed
When teeth are missing it is sometimes difficult and sometimes embarrassing to chew, speak or smile. Having all your teeth is important for both self esteem and the proper functioning of your mouth.
Fixed Partial Dentures
A fixed partial denture, also known as a fixed bridge, is bonded or cemented in the space where one or more teeth have been lost. Fixed partial dentures help support the natural shape of your face, as well as your lips and cheeks. A fixed partial denture holds the false tooth (pontic) in place and is usually cemented to the adjacent natural teeth. A crown fits on top of the pontic and is cemented in to provide support to the fixed partial denture.
Removable Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture can be beneficial to eating, speaking and your general appearance. It can prevent your face from sagging by giving support to your lips and cheeks. A removable partial denture typically consists of replacement teeth attached to gum-colored acrylic bases connected by metal framework. The removable partial denture will attach to your natural teeth by metal clasps or precision attachments. Your dentist can explain which type of attachment will work best for you.
A full denture will benefit both your appearance and your health. When you lose all of your natural teeth, things you take for granted become very difficult: eating, speaking, face structure and support. Without natural teeth or a full denture, your face may sag from lack of support of the cheeks and lips. A full denture can provide this support by replacing your natural teeth and giving you a beautiful smile.