Partial dentures, or partials, are a removable dental appliance designed to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base, which is usually supported by a metal framework that connects to your natural teeth. Partials not only improve the appearance of your smile but also help restore function and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position. While not as functional as implants or bridges, they are a cheaper alternative for replacing missing teeth.

Indications for partials include:

  1. Replacement of one or more missing teeth in a dental arch
  2. Improvement of chewing and speaking abilities
  3. Prevention of remaining teeth from shifting and causing bite issues

At Trident Smile Studio, Dr. Triplett will carefully assess your specific needs and create a customized treatment plan to ensure the best possible fit and function for your partial denture. The process involves taking precise digital or physical impressions of your mouth and working closely with a dental laboratory to create a high-quality, comfortable, and esthetically pleasing partial denture.

Partials should be worn during the day, but should be removed at night. It is important to note that most partials will have some degree of movement/rocking and will require an adjustment period. Maintaining good oral hygiene and overall dental health is important to ensure the ongoing comfort and function of your partial denture.