A prosthetic device that replaces all natural teeth on the upper and/or lower arch. This device is supported by soft and hard tissue of the oral cavity.
If you have missing teeth, a removable partial denture is one way to replace them. Partial dentures have several benefits. For one thing, they can make it easier for you to chew food. They can also help you speak better if your speech has changed due to missing teeth. Removable partial dentures can support cheeks and lips so the face does not sag and make you look older.
A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth are made to work together. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints. It may be harder to clean teeth that have shifted, which could lead to tooth decay and gum disease. That is why it is important to replace missing teeth.
Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. The plastic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth.
Sometimes your dentist may also recommend crowns, or "caps," on your natural teeth. Crowns may improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth. Ask your dentist which kind of removable partial denture is right for you.
Snap-On Smile is an affordable, non-invasive, and completely reversible dental appliance that can easily and painlessly give you a beautiful smile.
Available for upper and lower teeth, Snap-On Smile is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile. It's easy to care for and can be a temporary or permanent solution.
Snap-On Smile is an excellent choice for:
Snap-On Smile simply requires two short, painless, visits with no drilling, no shots, and no change in tooth structure.
A dental restoration that completely "caps" the tooth. They are typically used after a root canal and can be made from many different materials.
Another tooth replacement option is a fixed bridge. This is a restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place, only a dentist can remove it.
Placing a bridge usually takes more than one dental visit. On your first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge will later be attached to these teeth.
Your dentist then takes an impression of your teeth and the space and sends the impression to a dental laboratory. Technicians at the lab make the bridge out of metal, ceramics, glass-ceramics or a combination. Your dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth while you are waiting for the permanent one.
When talking about bridges, your dentist may use these terms:
During one or more follow-up visits, the bridge is fitted, adjusted and cemented in place.