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Partial Dentures

Drs. Joe McIntyre and Dan Whiting at Smiles for Life Dental Care offer high-quality restorations that complete your smile and balance your bite.

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Understanding Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are designed to fill in the gaps in your smile while comfortably fitting around your teeth.

Patients who have lost multiple teeth due to trauma, decay, or disease will need a dental restoration to fill the gaps in their smile. A popular, affordable option is a traditional partial denture. Made of acrylic, these removable restorations are secured in place with metal clasps attached to adjacent teeth. In certain cases, this appliance may also be attached to dental implants.

If you do not opt for dental implants, the teeth adjacent to the gap will help to anchor the partial denture. As such, any decay or defects affecting these teeth will need to first be addressed with appropriate treatment.

Understanding Partial Dentures

Advantages of Partial Dentures

As a restoration designed to replace multiple teeth, traditional partial dentures confer a number of notable benefits, such as:

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Candidacy for Partial Dentures

Most patients missing multiple teeth on their upper or lower dental arch can qualify for a partial denture. Your doctor will review your oral and medical health in order to determine the most conservative method of treatment. In some cases, they may recommend other treatments before a denture.

Patients with one missing tooth, for example, are generally better suited to a traditional bridge or implant-supported dental crown. Some patients may need badly damaged teeth removed while others may have teeth salvaged with another restorative treatment, such as a dental filling. Together, you and your dentist can create a treatment plan that takes into account your oral health, budget, and lifestyle.

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Creating Your Partial Denture

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After you have received any necessary preparatory treatments, your doctor can take detailed images of your teeth and gums. Using this information, the lab will fabricate your customized device, a process which usually takes a few weeks.

When the prosthetic is ready, you can return to have the partial denture placed. At this time, your dentist will ensure that the device fits in aesthetically with your natural smile and complements your bite patterns to avoid jaw pain and other oral health concerns.

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The Process of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are a popular and effective solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. If you're considering this dental restoration, understanding the process can help you feel more informed and prepared.
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Initial Consultation

The first step in the process is scheduling an initial consultation with your dentist. During this visit, your dentist will evaluate your oral health, assess your remaining natural teeth, and determine if partial dentures are the right treatment option for you. They will discuss your goals, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with an overview of the treatment process.
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Impressions and Customization

These impressions serve as a mold for creating your custom partial dentures. Your dentist will use advanced techniques to capture accurate impressions, ensuring a precise fit and optimal comfort. They will also work with you to select the appropriate color, shape, and size of the denture teeth to achieve a natural and aesthetic appearance.
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Dental Laboratory Fabrication

Highly skilled technicians will use the impressions as a guide to fabricate your partial dentures with meticulous attention to detail. The dental laboratory will create a model of your mouth, carefully positioning the artificial teeth in the right places to restore your smile's functionality and aesthetics.
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Fitting and Adjustments

The Dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper alignment and functionality. These adjustments may involve modifying the shape of the denture base or refining the bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth.
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Final Placement and Guidance

Your dentist will also provide you with guidance on how to care for your dentures properly, including cleaning techniques, dietary considerations, and maintenance routines. They will address any concerns or questions you may have, ensuring you have the knowledge and confidence to manage your new dentures effectively.
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Follow-up Appointments

These appointments allow your dentist to evaluate the adaptation of your gums and make any necessary adjustments. It is crucial to attend these follow-up visits as they play a vital role in ensuring the long-term success of your partial dentures.
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Warren Wise

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

Adam Harper

As always, my dental hygienist was amazing! Kathy has always done a great job and she is so very pleasant! I enjoy talking with her and she is extremely gentle when it comes to cleaning my teeth! Thanks for everything Kathy!

Sergen Keles

I recently visited this place and was extremely impressed. The staff was friendly, the clinic clean, and the appointment was punctual. Dr. Dan Whiting provided professional, gentle care, and explained everything clearly. Highly recommend!

Regina Pierce

Cathy Batton has been my hygienist since I (Dean) started at this practice and she is absolutely the best! Very gentle and caring! This group has brought me a long way from where I started! Thank you Cathy! The ladies at the desk (Jodie, Tara) thank you for keeping me in check! All of the people at this practice are great!

Chimdindu Ojibe

I had the best experience here. Every one was so nice to me and I felt very comfortable throughout my appointment. The doctor and all the staff were very friendly. They even gave me a free scan which was so nice of them. If you’re looking for a new dentist I 100% recommend Smiles for Life.

Clinton Huntley

Great Dentist!!!! VERY Professional, Polite, and most of all more worried about my condition and understanding my circumstances and and my opinion on what I believe should be done… will definitely recommend him to everyone thank you once again for everything I greatly appreciate you and all your staff!!!

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