If you are missing one or several teeth but have some natural teeth remaining, a partial is the easiest and most cost-effective way to repair your mouth. The experienced dentists at Lake Forest Dental Center in Lake Forest, California, offer state-of-the-art partials to patients in their friendly, relaxed offices. Book an appointment online or over the phone and restore your smile and self-confidence today.
A partial, or partial denture, is a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth. Partials are removable teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-colored acrylic material that covers your gum line. A metal framework underneath the covering helps hold the partial in place.
While a bridge replaces missing teeth by being permanently attached to teeth on either side of the gap, partials are not permanently attached. You can chew and eat food with partials, but you need to remove them at night and clean them daily. Partials help maintain the form and function of your jaw and help keep your remaining teeth in place.
Partials fill gaps in your mouth and keep your natural teeth from shifting. When you have a missing tooth, your nearby teeth can tilt or move into the empty space. Over time, this will affect your bite and put additional stress on your jaw, gum tissue and remaining teeth.
Partials also make it easier to chew food and speak more clearly since speech can be affected when you have missing teeth. Partials also support your cheeks and lips, which can sag due to missing teeth.
Initially, you may need to visit your dentist at Lake Forest Dental Center to ensure your partials are fitting correctly and comfortably. Your doctor will make any necessary adjustments to ensure an optimal fit. Your specialist may use digital X-rays to evaluate for shifts in the alignment of your teeth when making adjustments to your partial.
In addition, as you get older, your jaw bone can shrink and affect the fit of your partial. The shrinking could lead to a space between your partial and your jawline and allow food to get trapped beneath it. It’s important to visit Lake Forest Dental Center so your dentist can adjust it. Never try to make adjustments on your own.
If you have one or more missing teeth, let the experienced professionals at Lake Forest Dental Center create a natural-looking partial for you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.