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Dental Information: What are Dental Partials?

Dental work can be quite expensive. I am certain you have been there, sitting in the dentist’s chair still wearing the bib to protect your clothing. The dentist has given you unfavorable news. You need extensive dental work, partials. It is inevitable that you have questions. What are partials, and what is the procedure like? Today we focus on?dental information, namely dental partials.

Partials are similar to?dentures, both are replacement teeth. Dentures are needed when all of your teeth are missing, and partials are needed when only some of your teeth are missing.

Typical partials are made of plastic and metal. The piece of the partial that replaces the tooth and covers the gum is plastic. The metal components of partials act as a base and connects all of the replacement teeth. Also partials have metal hooks that clasp onto the existing teeth.

When you need partials, your dentist will first remove any damaged or decayed teeth. According to?WebMD, your dentist will allow your mouth to heal for 8 – 12 weeks. Next, an imprint of your jaw will be created. This impression is made to compare “how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them.” Subsequently, a mold will be developed. This mold will be an exact replica of your mouth. It will take into account the teeth you currently have and the gaps in your mouth where you have no teeth. Your partial will be created from this mold. Several times you will visit the dentist for fittings. Once this is completed, a shade close to your current teeth will be chosen for your partial. The final step is to set your partial. However, once the partial is completed expect to visit the dentist a couple of times to adjust your partial to make it fit perfectly.

We hope that if you are considering partials as a part of your treatment plan that we have helped you make a more informed decision. If you have any questions, please?contact us.

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