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According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 120 million people in the USA have lost at least one tooth, and expectations are that it will increase to 200 million by 2050. Missing teeth can make you feel down and annoyed and maybe frustrates your self-esteem, affecting your overall oral health. However, there is a way out since partial dentures are available, which are an effective option at times to replace missing teeth. In Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Dr. Elaine Wu, who practices at ReNEW Dental, can produce personalized partial dentures that function correctly and look great.

What are Partial Dentures?

People also know partial dentures as removable dentures. Partial dentures are a type of dental prosthesis that can replace one or multiple missing teeth within an arch. Unlike complete dentures that replace all the teeth at once, partial dentures are applied when there is still some natural, healthy teeth left. These dentures are made by connecting artificial teeth to pink base materials, which is then supported by acrylic resin or a metal frame. This footing fits snugly over your original teeth, providing support and stability for the false teeth.

Types of Partial Dentures

These are some of the most common types of partial dentures:

  • Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs): They are easy to remove from the mouth for cleaning. RPDs usually have acrylic or metal composition, and they fit tightly with the help of clasps or hooks on adjacent natural teeth.
  • Fixed Partial Dentures: We also refer to them as bridges due to their non-removable design. To make these fixed partial dentures or bridges, porcelain or ceramic materials are often used to offer a longer-term answer than RPDs.
  • Flexible Partial Dentures: The material for making these is flexible, like nylon or thermoplastic. In some patients, this can makes them more comfortable and better-looking compared to traditional types of RPDs.

Dr. Elaine Wu at ReNEW Dental can assist you in choosing a type of partial denture that is right for you.

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Benefits of Partial Dentures

Research has indicated that dentures have many advantages which could change your oral health and overall well-being. Some of the pros include:

Better Chewing and Digestion

With missing teeth, eating may become difficult for you leading to malnutrition and digestive problems. The National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that one in five adults who have lost their teeth experience difficulty when chewing food or swallowing it. Dentures assist in proper chewing of food thus making sure that everyone gets the required nutrients for a healthy body.

Boosted Confidence:

Gaps between your teeth can be quite embarrassing thereby negatively affecting your self-esteem. A survey done by the American Dental Association showed that 71% of respondents aged 35-44 years old experienced anxiety from tooth loss.

Improved Speech:

There are some people who cannot pronounce some words correctly due to loss of certain teeth. So, the solution is wearing partial dentures that enhance fluency in speech and confidence thus improving communication.

Prevents Tooth Migration:

When teeth are missing, the adjacent teeth tend to shift leading to other dental conditions like malocclusion (bite change). Partial dentures are meant to prevent such kinds of changes and stabilize all healthy adjacent surrounding teeth.

Cost Friendly:

The relative affordability of partial dentures makes them less costly than other restorative alternatives.

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How Do Partial Dentures Work?

The role of a partial denture is:

  1. Replacement of teeth: Fake teeth are connected to a gum-like base that is made to fit very close around the real teeth.
  2. Provision of support: The lower part or base of the partial denture provides support for neighboring teeth thus preventing them from moving or drifting.
  3. Restoring chewing ability: Artificial teeth have been designed such that they can function as tooth replacements; this allows for efficient chewing and digestion.
  4. Improving beauty: The gum colored base and fake teeth are meant to match well with other existing natural teeth forming a natural smile.
  5. Attaching to natural teeth: The partial denture is anchored by clasps or hooks on real adjacent gums, therefore providing stability and safety.
  6. Easy removal option: Removable partial dentures can be easily detachable so that one can clean them and maintain them.

At ReNEW Dental in Tewksbury, MA, Dr. Elaine Wu will explain how this process works and help you find out if dentures might be the right answer for your particular needs.

Why Choose Dr. Elaine Wu for Partial Dentures?

At ReNEW Dental, we appreciate your desire to have the best oral health and a confident smile. We know that you need a dentist who is professional and whom you can trust to fit you with personalized partial dentures.

Missing teeth can cause embarrassment as well as anxiety, which affects the overall wellness of an individual. We believe everybody deserves a healthy and beautiful smile.

We are aware that finding the right dentist could be overwhelming which drives our dedication to giving extraordinary care and personal attention to each patient. Our team, led by Dr. Elaine Wu uses specialized knowledge together with contemporary technology to design custom made partial dentures according to each patients’ needs.

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Dr. Elaine Wu takes time to listen to your concerns and goals so that we offer you the best solution possible for your oral health care.
  2. Use of advanced techniques in designing both functional and artistic looking partial dentures
  3. Provide a comfortable environment where one can relax thus reducing stress during their visit.

Begin your journey towards having confidence in your smile by Schedule a Free consultation today!

Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Elaine Wu and take the first step towards a confident, radiant smile! Call us today at 978-451-1500.

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How many teeth are necessary for a partial denture?

At least one missing natural tooth is needed for a dentures.

What’s the distinction between a partial and full denture?

Partial dentures replace some missing teeth while full dentures replace a complete arch of teeth.

If I have a partial denture can I eat with it?

You certainly can. Dentures in general help regaining chewing ability and help you to eat more comfortably.

Which one is better, a full or partial denture?

It depends on individual needs. Dentists recommend full dentures when teeth can no longer be saved or there are no natural teeth remaining. Those patients that still have some natural healthy teeth can consider using a partial denture.

Are dentures painful?

When you start to wear a partial denture for the first time, you may feel some initial discomfort, but this should be temporary as you get used to wearing and using your new replacement teeth.

Can you sleep with your removable partial dentures in?

Generally you should remove your dentures during sleep to clean and maintain them.

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