What is a Permanent Partial Denture?

Posted on: July 2, 2018

A permanent partial denture is a replacement for missing teeth. Whether teeth are missing as a result of tooth decay or other factors, this specific type of denture can help. A patient is a candidate for this denture type if he or she has other teeth remaining in the mouth. Plenty of patients are opting for this option instead of a removable denture as the permanent partial variety is custom-made to fit just right into the teeth. There are two primary types of permanent partial dentures: those held in place with cast retention clasps and those held together with attachments that fit directly into slots or rings built on crown extensions.

Candidates for permanent partial dentures

People who choose this option have typically had crowns taken off or they have loose or shifted teeth. The partial denture fills the open space generated when the teeth are removed or moved. This is vitally important as those who have gaps in their teeth can find it difficult to chew properly. Permanent partial dentures can be made for those who still have a couple of damaged teeth remaining. However, most dentists suggest that the damaged teeth be removed from the mouth prior to the creation of the denture. The purpose of this process is to guarantee the replacement denture fits just right.

The benefits of a permanent partial denture

Though it will cost some money to create these dentures and there will be some slight discomfort in the days or weeks following the placement of them, the benefits of this dental device outweigh the drawbacks. Permanent partial dentures can help lead to better oral health and have been shown to work better than other options. Dental health is of the utmost importance as it has direct impacts on overall biological health. Permanent dentures are generally considered more reliable, natural-feeling and natural-looking than alternatives such as removable dentures.

Permanent partial dentures should be thought of as false teeth connected to the remaining teeth. In most instances, a clasp made of plastic or metal is used to connect the denture to the other teeth. In some cases, the dentist will graft the patient's jaw bone with a complex surgery where the gums are drilled so the bone below can be reached. This procedure is known as a tooth implant. Dentists consider the procedure to be fairly complicated yet an experienced oral health practitioner will not struggle with such a challenge. Though the recovery period will take some time, it is well worth it considering the fact that permanent partial dentures are more durable than most other false teeth options.

What’s the bottom line?

Permanent partial dentures have many benefits when compared to regular dentures.

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