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If you are looking for partial dentures in the greater Houston, TX area look no further than Best Dental.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available on the marker; complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, whereas partial dentures are for those with some of the natural teeth remaining. If you find yourself in the Houston, TX area and are looking for high quality partial dentures contact our team today.

What Are Partial Dentures?

A partial denture or bridge is made up of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. These are sometimes connected by a metal framework to secure the denture in place in the mouth. 

A partial denture is used when one or more teeth remain in the mouth. A fixed bridge is used to replace one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth either side of the gap and attaching artificial teeth to the crowns. This is then cemented into place. This kind of denture fills in the gap left behind by missing teeth and can also prevent your other teeth from changing position. 

A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments instead of clasps that attach to the crowns for a more natural-looking appliance. Unlike dental implants, partial dentures are removable appliances as they need to be taken out at nights before bedtime.

Are Partial Dentures Worth It?

There are many benefits to having partial dentures. Besides the fact that you are able to chew your food with your new partials, an added benefit is the health of the rest of your teeth. When we have gaps and spaces in our mouth our teeth begin to shift, contributing to loosening and biting malfunctions that can occur. Some other added benefits include:

  • Help our digestive system break down food properly
  • Preventing teeth from moving and shifting
  • Allowing us to cosmetically regain our smile.
  • Restoring our facial contours preventing face drooping

Can Partial Dentures Damage Teeth?

If partial dentures are not constructed properly then the teeth that are anchoring the partial dentures may become damaged. The major problem when this is seen is when the bite is not constructed properly. If too much force is placed on the partial dentures (which is seen when your bite is off) then those forces are applied to the anchoring teeth. This can wear those teeth down over time. However, if your partial dentures are constructed properly, then no damage to those teeth is seen over time.

How Do Partial Dentures Stay In?

Partial dentures use anchoring clasps made of nickle titanium or acrylic to hook onto your existing teeth inside your mouth. This, along with gum tissue support, are what helps keep your partials in place while you are functioning. If a discrepancy is seen in your occlusion or your bite, then these forces can dislodge the partial denture.

How Stable Are Partial Dentures?

Partial Dentures can be very stable if they are made correctly. An improperly made partial denture can tend to fall out due to lab fabrication errors, or occlusal discrepancies that were not corrected at the time they were delivered.

How Does a Partial Denture Compare To a Dental Bridge?

A partial denture and a dental bridge have many features that are similar and different. Let’s go over some of them now:

  • Dental bridges are fixed while partial dentures are removable. Fixed bridges are not removable and are a permanent replacement option for your missing teeth.
  • Partial dentures tend to be less expensive than bridges. If finances are an issue, then a partial denture may be a more suitable option.
  • Both dental bridges and partial dentures can help you restore your missing teeth.
  • Partial denture use clasps to grab onto your existing teeth for retention. Dental bridges are cemented into place making them a fixed restorative option.

In general, dental bridges are preferable over partial dentures due to their ability to be a fixed appliance. This means that you do not need to remove them at any point during the day.

What Types Of Partial Dentures Are There?

There are a few different kinds of partial dentures that you can choose from, depending on your needs. Each kind is designed for different needs, whether you need a mandibular (bottom), maxillary (top) partial denture, or both. 

A cast metal partial denture involves a metal framework that attaches with clasps to crowns attached to existing teeth. This frame is not visible, as gum-colored acrylic plastic covers it, but the clasps might be visible when you smile. These dentures are often considered the best variety of partial replacements, as they are strong, long-lasting and reliable. 

Flexible partial dentures are flexible, lightweight and comfortable to wear. A laboratory will construct the denture from realistic-looking nylon material. Your dentist can then easily insert this into your mouth. Usually, this won’t involve having to alter your natural teeth. These partial dentures are thin and comfortable, so most patients find that they get used to them very quickly. These partial dentures are also known as Valplast partial dentures.

A dental flipper is mainly used as a temporary stand-in for a partial denture, often while your dentist orders a long-term partial denture. It can be a great option for replacing one tooth or more. The bonus of using a tooth flipper while you wait for a denture is that it can help to reduce the amount of bone loss in the mouth and the amount of tooth movement as the gums heal from the lost teeth. Flippers are cheap and convenient, but the low cost is often reflected by low quality. They’re thin, which makes them comfortable, but also means they can be easily broken if they’re dropped. They are only a temporary fix until a permanent denture is ready.

What Are The Best Partial Dentures to Get?

At Best Dental, we have a lot of success with our acrylic valplast dentures. They help replace your missing teeth without showing off the metal clasps of traditional partial dentures. They are a newer partial denture in the market, and our patients are very happy with the results that they get from them. There are still some instances that metal partials are preferable over flexible valplast partials, but for most cases these valplast partials have worked miracles for our family of patients.

How Long Do Partial Dentures Last?

A partial denture can last up to twenty years if they are taken care of properly. Just like anything else, if you take good care of your partial and your remaining teeth, a properly constructed partial can last you quite a while. Just like anything other appliance they will need to be replaced at some point in the future. At Best Dental, we have seen partials that have lasted almost two decades for some of our patients.

How Many Teeth Can Be On a Partial Denture?

This is a great question. At Best Dental, a partial denture is NOT recommend if it needs to replace more than 8 teeth. Partials that are this large tend to not be stable. In these cases, it is usually recommend that a complete denture be constructed with the extraction of your remaining teeth. Dental Implants may also be recommended by our team if it is financially feasible for you.

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How Much Do Partial Dentures Cost in Houston, TX?

The average cost of upper and lower partial dentures in Houston, TX is $2,900. If you’re lucky, your health insurance will cover your partial dentures, but this is not always the case, so it’s good to find out in advance how much they will cost if you have to pay for them yourself.

It is common for insurance benefits to include payment for half of the cost of a partial payment after the policy’s deductible is paid. To be sure what your insurance will or will not cover, contact your health insurance provider directly to discuss the situation and find out. 

The price range of partial dentures will vary, depending on what you dentist charges and the area you live in, among several other factors. The cost will vary, and the most accurate quote and a price estimate will come from your dentist. As we mentioned there are also different types of partial dentures with their own costs:

Cost of Partial Dentures

Type of Partial DentureAverage CostCost Range
Cast Metal Partial Denture$2,999$2,000-$4,000
Flexible Partial Denture$3,200$2,500-4,500
Flipper$999$800-$1,500

How Do I Wear A Partial Denture?

A partial denture should be made to fit into your mouth easily. You shouldn’t need to force the denture into place to get it to fit properly. Be careful when placing or removing the partial denture, so you don’t accidentally bend or break the clasps. 

You should wear your denture every day. If you don’t wear your denture for an extended period of time, it will take you much longer to get used to it and you might find the denture doesn’t fit as well as it should anymore.

Your mouth will change over time. This happens as the bone and gum areas may shrink or recede, which causes the space between your jaws to change. A partial denture keeps its shape, so you will need to make adjustments to the denture to make sure it continues to fit properly. Don’t try and make these adjustments yourself, and instead ask your dentist to look at it and solve the problem for you. Do not try to bend any part of the metal by yourself, as this could weaken the metal structure.

Also, remember to always remove your partial denture before you sleep at night. Partial dentures can trap bacteria underneath them, so wearing them during the night is not advisable.

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How Do I Care For Partial Dentures?

Always rinse your partial denture after every meal to keep it clean. Your denture should be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day too. Use a toothbrush, tap water and toothpaste to clean it. Never use alcohol, abrasive cleaners, bleaches, whiteners or boiling water to clean or soak your denture as this could damage it. 

Partial dentures should usually be worn at night. If your dentures are left outside of a moist environment, they can dry out and become distorted. When you’re not wearing them, keep your partial dentures immersed in denture cleaning solution or tap water. 

How Long Will It Take To Get Used To Wearing A Partial Denture?

At first, a new partial denture can feel strange or bulky in your mouth. However, after a few weeks of wear, you mouth will get used to wearing it and how it feels. You may need to practice inserting and removing the denture at first too to help you to get used to it. Follow the instructions that your dentist gives you to do this and you’ll soon find it easy to do. Remember that the denture should fit relatively easily. Don’t force it into place by biting down as this could bend or break the clasps.

If you are needing partial dentures in the greater Houston, TX area trust the experts at Best Dental. We hope to hear from you soon!