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Description

A partial denture is a prosthetic device created for patients whom are missing a few teeth. This device is removable.


Length of Process

To obtain conventional partial dentures, it may take up to 7 weeks. For immediate partial dentures, you will receive partial dentures the same day as your appointment.


Back to work in...

No missed work unless treatments are required previous to receiving dentures.


Risks

Irritation; oral sores; initial discomfort; difficulty chewing; yeast infections in the mouth


Cost

The cost of partial dentures varies depending on the material used and the severity of your case; the cost will typically range anywhere from $500 to $1,500.


Duration of results

Your partial dentures should last anywhere from five to ten years.



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Cost of Partial Dentures (Prosthodontics)*

There are many factors that go into pricing for partial dentures. The standard price range for partial dentures ranges from $500 to $1,000. The price will vary if there is more work involved, such as crowns and extractions. Another important factor in the price for partial dentures is the material. For instance, plastic dentures are less than polymer dentures. There are also dentures made of flexible acrylic that can cost anywhere from $700 to $1,300.

These prices may not include expenses for insertion of dentures such as anesthesia and dentist’s costs. Your dentist can provide you with all of the information you will need for pricing and financing.

Almost all dental clinics offer options for financing or payment plans. You can also look into loans from financing companies. The cost for partial dentures can be a determining factor, so be sure to get all of the information you need at your consultation with the dentist.

Am I a Candidate for Partial Dentures (Prosthodontics)

The most basic consideration to determine if you are a candidate for partial dentures is if you are missing all of your teeth or some of your teeth. If you are missing some of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for partial dentures.

Whether you have a few teeth missing from disease, an accident or malnutrition, dentures can give you natural looking, full smile. Some patients require oral surgery prior to receiving partial dentures if the case is severe. At your initial consultation, your dentist can help you determine if partial dentures are your best option.

Partial Dentures (Prosthodontics) Definition

In the event that you are missing a few of your natural teeth, partial dentures are created to substitute in these empty spaces. Partial dentures are prosthetic devices that could be made from a variety of materials such as flexible acrylic, polymers or plastic that can be removed from your mouth at any time.

What is the Denture Process Like?

Most of the partial denture process is handled by your dentist; however you should be well informed of the process. There are two types of partial dentures—immediate and conventional.

Immediate dentures are typically made as a preliminary design to a more permanent solution such as dental implants. These may be used to keep your gums and teeth in place, or serve as a place holder while waiting on your alternative option. Immediate partial dentures are given to you the same day as your procedure as they are made out from a mold.

Conventional partial dentures take longer to make since they are used as a permanent solution. After your teeth have been pulled (if necessary), and your gums are repaired these partial dentures are made to fit the mold of your missing teeth.

To get conventional partial dentures, your dentist will take several molds of your teeth and jaws. Your dentist will make several models so you can determine which one feels most comfortable in your mouth. The mold that you choose will be sent out so your permanent partial dentures can be crafted from the material you and the dentist have chosen.

How to Care for and Maintain Partial Dentures (Prosthodontics)

In the beginning, it may seem like caring for your new partial dentures is a lot of work; however you will realize over a short time that it will become part of your daily routine. Even with partial dentures you are at risk for problems such as plaque and gingivitis so take good care in cleaning your dentures and mouth.

When you are handling your dentures, your hands should be clean and you should place them on a clean surface such as a paper towel. First, rinse your dentures with cool or warm water; never use hot water since this could warp the shape of your partial dentures.

Your dentist will recommend a cleaning paste for your dentures, which you can use along with a tooth brush to remove debris from your dentures. Additionally, it is important to gently brush your gums, palate and tongue to remove plaque.

At any time when you are not wearing your dentures, they should be placed in a denture solution—your dentist can help recommend a solution for your partial dentures. If partial dentures get too dry, they could lose their shape.

Proper care of your partial dentures can keep them clean and in proper shape for a longer period of time, and keep your smile looking natural and beautiful.

Questions to Ask your Dentist About Partial Dentures.

Before any dental work, you should be prepared with a list of questions to ask your dentist. Here are some examples to get you started.
  1. Am I a good candidate for partial dentures?
  2. Are my expectations for partial dentures realistic?
  3. How long is the partial denture process?
  4. How much partial denture experience do you have?
  5. May I see partial denture before and after photos?
  6. How many of your patients have been satisfied with their partial dentures?
  7. What are my material options for partial dentures?
  8. What if my partial dentures aren’t comfortable?
  9. How much will my partial dentures cost?
  10. Do you offer patient financing for partial dentures?
  11. Can you provide me with follow up partial denture information, such as proper denture care?

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