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Why Do You Need Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures can be a great solution if you have missing teeth. Unlike complete dentures, partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Whether you want one or several teeth replaced, there are plenty of options. There are customisable partial dentures for upper front teeth, lower front teeth, or your back teeth section. What makes partial dentures so great is their functionality, versatility and aesthetics.

Direct Denture Care will help you select the best partial denture to suit your dental needs and budget.

What Is a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures are a removable device designed to replace one or a few missing teeth in the lower or upper set of your mouth.

Partial dentures are not only used for cosmetic purposes. They prevent your teeth shifting in your mouth, keep your mouth’s structure, and strengthen your ability to chew and speak.

Dentures are made with acrylic, nylon and cast metal with false teeth attached to them. A variety of materials are used, so dentures are natural looking yet durable for daily use.

Although you can sleep with them, dentists recommend removing them when going to bed or cleaning them.

Why Do People Get Partial Dentures?

Many people from different age groups get dentures. Some reasons for the loss of teeth include:

  • Accident
  • Injury
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth extraction
  • Gum disease

If you have missing teeth, you may experience difficulty in smiling, eating and speaking. Having gaps in your mouth causes your other teeth to change positions, and the tissue and bone around your missing teeth begin to shift. This leads to problems with your bite and a change in your appearance. Yet, partial dentures prevent further damage by holding the structure of your mouth and prevent your teeth from shifting.

Is It Worth Getting Partial Dentures?

Having partial dentures tends to be a better option than complete dentures, saving some of your natural teeth. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to partial dentures, depending on your needs and situation.

Pros:

  • Less invasive than complete dentures.
  • Cheaper compared to other tooth replacement costs.
  • Extra teeth may be added.
  • Natural teeth can be saved.
  • Enhances physical appearance.
  • Help you pronounce words better.
  • Increased comfort due to dentures contoured to your mouth.

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to get used to putting dentures in at the start.
  • Soreness if dentures put too much pressure on a particular area, but your dentures can be adjusted to better fit your mouth.
  • Clasps may be visible depending on the location of the partial denture.

Can You Eat Without Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures for your front teeth provide support for the structures of your mouth. They are designed to act and function like natural teeth.

Eating without partial dentures puts pressure on your jaw and gums, leading to deterioration and gum infections. The lack of saliva production also leads to food not being broken down, which causes digestive issues. You also risk losing your remaining teeth due to your teeth, jaw and gums becoming weaker over time.

Are Dentures Covered by Medicare?

The Federal Government provides funding for dental schemes for eligible adults and children. You may be covered by Medicare if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Find Out If Partial Dentures Are For You

We recommend speaking to one of our dentists to help you decide if partial dentures are the best option for you. Get in touch with Direct Denture Care today to learn more about dentures.