Removable Partial Dentures New York
Removable partial denture
Removable partial denture is unstable and causes irritation
Single Tooth Replacement Options
If you have lost a single tooth, you have various tooth replacement options to consider. One option would be a removable, single tooth partial denture. However, most patients are not satisfied with this alternative due to the bulk of metal and acrylic and the unsightly clasps necessary to stabilize the prosthesis.
Consequences Of Removable Partial Dentures
A common issue with removable dentures in general is their ability to stay in place during usage. Biting forces will cause the partial to move and shift because its design lacks a secure connection. Many partial denture wearers may also experience discomfort and gum irritation. A major consequence of this option is the bone loss that occurs due to the absence of the natural tooth root. Patients may also find that removable partial dentures can also be uncomfortable.
Tooth Replacement Options
Today, the two most common treatment options for tooth replacement are the fixed partial denture (three unit bridge) and the single tooth implant. A fixed partial denture is made of crowns that are fitted on the remaining surrounding teeth to act as abutments and pontics. Because a tooth implant provides a stable, natural-looking solution and helps protect the jaw bone, our New Jersey / New York dental implant therapy providers recommend this treatment to their patients. Dental implants are the most predictable solution for replacing missing teeth and have a much higher long term success rate compared to removable dentures because of their durability and their fixation to the jaw bone. If you would like to learn more about your dental implant options, please schedule a personal consultation by calling us or clicking here to request a free consultation.
Removable Partial Denture vs Single Dental Implant
When struggling with missing teeth, it is important to know all of your treatment options. There are several key differences between a removable partial denture and a single dental implant. They are both utilized to replace a single tooth or several teeth that are missing due to injury, periodontal disease, or other causes, however, they are inserted differently.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed directly into the jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth. They provide a strong basis for a fixed or removable replacement tooth. The replacement tooth is customized to match your natural teeth.
Removable partial dentures are ideal when there are one or more natural tooth still present in the upper or lower jaw. Removable partial dentures consist of an artificial tooth, or teeth, that are attached to a pink, gum-colored plastic base that is then connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Some key differences between the two treatment options include:
- Comfort. Removable partial dentures are known to become loose, slip out of place, or fall out of the mouth completely. Dental implants, however, are fixed into the jawbone; therefore, eliminating any friction or risks of slippage.
- Speech. With dental implants there is no change in speech. With removable partial dentures your speech may be altered, however, it does improve with time.
- Impact on adjacent teeth. Dentures rely on the adjacent teeth for support which can weaken and damage the natural tooth. With dental implants there is no need for additional support because it is permanently fixed into the jaw bone.
- Bone preservation. Dental implants do preserve the jaw bone because it is fixated into the bone, allowing it to heal and grow on its own. Dentures do not preserve the bone and in turn weakens it.
In addition to offering a number of dental implant procedures, the exceptionally gifted dentists of Advanced Periodontics & Implant Dentistry also perform sophisticated treatments for the gums, such as laser gum surgery and gummy smile correction. If you would like to improve the health or appearance of your gums, please schedule a personal consultation with one of our NYC / NJ periodontists.
To see results from our previous patients, visit our single tooth replacement before and after gallery.