Posted on 3/21/2011 by Dr. Franco
|Patients in need of a tooth replacement have several options. A partial removable denture is a popular method for many patients. This device attaches artificial teeth to the teeth that are still in place using a system of metal or plastic clasps. A partial removable denture can—and should—be removed routinely for cleaning, ideally after every meal or snack.
Dental implants are another alternative to fill in the gap left by missing teeth. The implants, which are small titanium posts, are placed in the bone beneath the gum and topped with an artificial tooth cap.
If you are choosing between partial removable dentures and dental implants, there are several factors to consider. Implants replace the missing tooth’s root, preventing the bone resorption that can occur with a partial removable denture or other tooth replacement options. Implants also tend to be more durable than partial removable dentures.
Because particles and bacteria can get trapped under its clasps, a partial removable denture may also increase the likelihood of decay of surrounding teeth. It can also put pressure on the teeth to which it attaches, which may lead to the loss of those teeth, as well.
Lastly, dental implants look more natural and fit in better with the smile’s appearance. Sometimes, partials can be noticeable and look artificial.
Both partial removable dentures and dental implants can be placed during an outpatient appointment at your dentist’s office. If you have dentures in Irving, TX or are deciding on a teeth replacement option, be sure to discuss dental implants with your dentist as well to see if you are a candidate.
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