When they imagine dentures, some people might conjure up an image of a complete set of false teeth in a glass on the bedside table. But in the past decade, your tooth-replacement options have multiplied. Now, if you have missing teeth, you may take advantage of partial dentures, restorations that both replace the teeth you've lost but also help preserve the teeth you have left.
What Is a Partial Denture?
One lesser-known fact about a missing tooth is that it soon becomes missing teeth. This progression has to do with how teeth work together as a unit down to the bone. So the first thing that happens when you lose a permanent tooth is that its neighbors start packing up and getting ready to move out.
Over time, the gap your lost tooth has left behind sucks in adjoining teeth, causing them to fall out as well. Partial dentures can stop this progression. They are a dental appliance that fills the gap with a lifelike tooth restoration attached to adjoining teeth. While keeping your natural teeth in place, a partial denture also stimulates your jaw through bite pressure, which maintains bone health.
Implant-Retained Dentures for Added Stability
One requirement for a partial denture is that your remaining teeth are healthy enough to support this option. In more progressive tooth loss cases, one or more anchor points for your partial denture may not be sufficient. When this happens, Dr. Brett Burris and Dr. Lauren Harmon can provide an implant-retained denture that clips to a dental implant instead of a tooth.
The advantages to implant-retained dentures are numerous:
- Comfort – Implant-supported dentures fit better
- Durability – Precision crafted from the best materials ensure strength
- Fit – No clips mean no slips; you won't need relines or adhesives
- Permanence – These dentures are supported by implants surgically placed in your jaw, so the underlying structure is as solid as possible
With this technology, your dentist can place implants strategically to fix your specific prosthetic to your jaw. This prevents slippage and is even better for your jawbone health than standard partial dentures.
The Implant Process
For implant-supported dentures, we will start with a consultation. For patient's financial challenges, Drs. Burris and Harmon accept CareCredit. If we all agree this is your best solution, your dentist surgically places dental implant posts that act as replacement roots. When the roots integrate with your jawbone, we fix your denture to these special clips after your healing period completes.
Partial Dentures in Gilkerson, AR
Partial dentures are an ideal solution for restoring your smile's beauty. If you live in the Jonesboro area, including the communities of Trumann, Greenfield, Cash, or Bono, you can learn more about the process by calling our office today.