Partial Dentures

About Partial Dentures in Lancaster, PA

There are two types of dentures:

  • Complete dentures are utilized when all the patient’s teeth are missing.
  • Partial dentures are the optimal choice when some of the patient’s natural teeth remain.

WebMd describes a denture as a, “removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.” The operative words here are “removable replacement.”

Removable partial dentures, also called a bridge, consist of replacement teeth “attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected with a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.” One or more teeth must be present in the upper or lower jaw to allow for a partial denture or bridge.

The fixed or permanent bridge is designed to replace one or more teeth by placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the space. Artificial teeth are then attached to the crowns. At that point, the bridge is cemented in place.

In this way, the partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth. A definite advantage of partial dentures is that other teeth are prevented from shifting their position, a condition that can lead to more serious problems.

“Precision partial dentures are removable ad feature internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to adjacent crowns.” These are the most natural looking partial dentures.


Insurance and Partial Dentures

Most dental insurance plans cover at least a share of the cost of partial dentures. Some plans offer 100 percent coverage.


Other Options

The most popular choice other than partial dentures are dental implants. Dental implants offer a choice of a permanent solution by providing a stable implant that can be cemented for a permanent bridge.

Dental implants are expensive and are not usually covered by most dental insurance plans. While this is the most popular choice, not all persons are able to receive dental implants.

Removable Partial Dentures

When implants or fixed bridges are not on option or not desired, removable partial dentures are able to replace one or multiple missing teeth in an arch with one appliance. We first take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and customized design a partial to address your individual situation.

Our partials are made so that they are as cosmetic, strong, and functional as possible. Any adjustments to your partial are done free of charge during the life of your partial.

If more teeth are lost in the future, they can many times be added to your existing partial.


Are Denture Adhesives Safe?

Denture adhesives come with instructions. To ensure safety, these instructions must be respected. Assuming the dentist has created a good fitting denture and the adhesives are only used for stabilizing, there should be no negative side effects. Partial dentures have provided successful remedies for many dental patients.



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