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Partial Dentures

There are two basic types of dentures, full dentures, and partial dentures. The full denture is used to replace all the teeth of a patient, and the partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a base to take the place of missing teeth. Metal framework is often used to keep the teeth in place. There must be at least one natural tooth capable of being used to support the partial denture. Crowns are used to strengthen the teeth on both sides of the gap, and provide the attachment for the partial denture. The device is removable, and has a natural look. 

There are numerous factors that affect the cost of a partial denture. This includes the city, and state, the number of teeth being replaced, the chosen dentist, and the quality of the denture. For these reasons the costs vary from $300 to $5,000 for each plate. The plate refers to a set of teeth made for the bottom, or top of the mouth. The cost full dentures are approximately the same as partial dentures. Denture prices also vary with one day dentures, but they are available for an additional cost in just one day. The process generally requires two to three weeks. 

A partial denture has many benefits. They are not as expensive as completely replacing teeth, are much less invasive, and additional teeth can be added in the future when necessary. They provide the user with more comfort when talking, chewing, and eating. The appearance of the mouth, and smile is improved because missing teeth are camouflaged, giving the user a lot more confidence. The oral tissues, and gums are protected so teeth do not slide into the gaps left by missing teeth. This helps prevent particles of food from becoming trapped, and causing gum disease, and the growth of bacteria. A partial denture is easy to remove, and most patients adapt easily. They do require proper flossing, and brushing to keep clean, and free of bacteria. 

The first step in obtaining dentures is to have a consultation with a dentist. They will determine which teeth need to be extracted, and the gums must be allowed to heal before proceeding. This process requires several weeks. Once the healing is complete, the dentist will take an impression of the mouth to be used as a guide for the new denture. The specifics of the new teeth will be decided including the tooth shape, and color. The color of white chosen must match the existing teeth for a natural appearance. 

Once the denture is ready, an initial fitting is required. An appointment will be scheduled, the denture inserted into the patient’s mouth, and any required adjustments will be made by the dentist. These adjustments are necessary to make certain the denture fits well, and is comfortable. Sore areas can result from wearing the denture, and these can be eliminated with additional adjustments. The final result is the ability to chew easily, speak properly, wear the denture with comfort, and eliminate the appearance of any missing teeth.