Dental implants or bridges are practical options for restoring missing teeth. However, not everyone may be eligible to receive both these treatments for various reasons.  Some of the reasons include:

  • Poor health conditions
  • Insufficient bone to support implants
  • Only a few teeth need to be restored
  • Treatment cost
  • Risks associated with the treatment
  • Lengthy procedure

All patients who are unable to receive implants or bridges can choose partial dentures as an alternative.

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What Are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are applicable when one or more original teeth are present in the upper or lower jaw. They are made of a plastic base, on which artificial teeth are attached, and the surrounding natural teeth are affixed with metal clasps.

You can choose between fixed and removable partial dentures depending on your needs. Fixed partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth or when one side of the mouth has missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are best to replace multiple missing teeth throughout your mouth.

Advantages of partial dentures include:

  • Safe restoration of your missing teeth
  • Feels and functions like your original teeth
  • Enhances the visual appeal of your teeth
  • Makes chewing and talking comfortable, within a few days

Reasons to Choose Partial Dentures over Dental Implants and Bridges

Features that make partial dentures a better alternative to bridges and implants, include:

  • Cost

    Partial dentures are more cost-effective than implants and bridges. A single implant is very expensive. Bridges may cost less than implants, but need to be replaced in the long run. With proper care and maintenance, partial dentures can last for several years.

  • Procedure

    Partial dentures are a less invasive tooth replacement option compared to dental implants and bridges. Dental implants involve a lengthy surgical procedure, which may cause anesthesia-related problems and infection. Healthy adjacent teeth and some minor dental surgery are required to support a dental bridge.

  • Ease and Comfort

    Partial dentures prevent gum infection and tooth decay by keeping the underlying structures of your mouth, such as facial muscles, gums, and jawbones healthy and active. On the other hand, implants and bridges may cause gum infection, tooth decay, gum recession, and gum inflammation.

Partial dentures also prevent the shifting of the remaining teeth while improving your smile and confidence. Dental bridges can put pressure on surrounding natural teeth and may cause pain. The success of dental implants cannot be assured. This is because the procedure poses a few risks, including injury to surrounding structures such as blood vessels or other teeth, nerve damage, and infection at the implant site.

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