Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth in Thibodaux, LA
If you have lost one or more teeth and are interested in learning about your tooth restoration options, Dr. Nhu Lee and the team at Acadia Family Dentistry in Thibodaux, LA are here to walk through your choices and answer your questions. For patients who are seeking a functional and affordable option to replace missing teeth, partial dentures can be a great choice!
How partial dentures work
Most people are familiar with full dentures, which a removable way to replace an entire arch of teeth. Partial dentures are similar but are designed for patients who are missing some teeth but not the full arch. Partial dentures are:
- Custom-made for a perfect fit
- Removable for easy cleaning and care
- Natural-looking to blend in seamlessly with your smile
- Functional, helping you to eat and speak normally again
There are several different ways that partial dentures can be made, but in general, partial dentures consist of the following components:
- A gum-colored base that is sturdy and supports the denture (typically made from either metal or polymer)
- False teeth that are custom designed to match your smile for a natural appearance
The denture is typically kept in place in your mouth with either clasps or precision attachments. Depending on the type of partial dentures you choose, we may need to place crowns on your neighboring teeth to support the attachments.
To create your partial dentures, we first take impressions of your mouth. These are used to fabricate the denture in a laboratory so that it has the optimal fit and function. Then, we will have you try on your denture when it’s ready and adjust it as needed for the perfect fit. If you have had dental extractions, we typically recommend waiting until your tissues and gums have healed because they will change shape as the inflammation goes down. It’s also important to understand that your mouth will naturally undergo changes over time and your dentures might need periodic adjustments if they become loose or no longer fit well.
Learn whether partial dentures are right for you
Partial dentures are a great choice for patients who are seeking a cost-effective tooth replacement option and do not want to undergo dental surgery, which is required for dental implants. If you are interested in learning more about partial dentures and other tooth replacement choices, call Acadia Family Dentistry today at (985) 303-2920.