If you have missing teeth, your smile probably isn’t what you wish it was. Luckily, restorative dentistry can replace missing teeth for pleasing cosmetic and functional results. If you have multiple missing teeth, a partial denture can fit seamlessly into your mouth to restore the look and function of your teeth. However, partial dentures can be either fixed or removable. So how do you know which is right for you? Your Atlanta dentist, Dr. David Zelby, looks at the differences between fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures.
Fixed Dentures vs. Removable Dentures
A partial denture serves to replace multiple missing teeth. A removable partial denture hooks to existing teeth in the mouth to hold itself in place. If you require a partial denture, your Atlanta restorative dentist, Dr. Zelby, offers custom partial dentures designed to fit into your mouth seamlessly. These prosthetics will restore your smile without sacrificing your speaking or chewing abilities. They are also made of a material that mimics the feel and function of natural teeth, meaning that you will be able to smile confidently and securely.
However, while Dr. Zelby does an excellent job providing his patients with dentures that fit securely, fixed dentures offer better stability because they are either anchored into the jaw or are bonded to other teeth. Patients who have sufficient bone available in their jaws may want to consider partial dentures fixed with dental implants for the superior stability they provide. Even those patients who do not have the necessary bone may be candidates for bone grafting, which can provide sufficient bone to serve as an anchor for the implants. If a patient is not a candidate for bone grafting, the partial denture can be attached to existing teeth for greater stability.
Fixed Partial Dentures with Implants
If a patient does have the required bone, Dr. Zelby will then place dental implants into the gums and jawbone. Over time, the implants will fuse with the bone, ensuring solid support for the partial denture. Once enough time has passed to ensure the proper fusion of bone and dental implant, usually 4-6 months, Dr. Zelby will attach abutments and finally a custom made partial denture that will remain firmly in place. You will even be able to eat steak without worry.
Visit Your Atlanta Restorative Dentist
If you have missing teeth, don’t let your quality of life suffer. Explore your options for fixed or removable partial dentures. Schedule an appointment with your Atlanta restorative dentist, Dr. Zelby, today by calling 770-955-0550. Our 30339 dentist office welcomes patients from Atlanta and surrounding communities.