Are you missing a few teeth? Or about to get a few teeth removed? Here at Dr. Eichhorn's office, we provide many ways of replacing missing teeth. On this page, we will discuss beautiful, custom-made, partial dentures. If you aren't sure if you need a partial denture, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options. Give us a call at 501-268-5115 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Eichhorn.
WHAT IS A PARTIAL DENTURE?
A partial denture is like the one shown in the picture above. Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They hook on to the adjacent teeth providing stability. We also provide same-day-partials to replace teeth that need to be extracted. If you are interested in knowing about same-day-partials, click here to be taken to the appropriate page.
ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS BESIDES PARTIAL DENTURES?
While partial dentures can be great for replacing missing teeth, there are a couple other options that you may want to consider.
Alternatives to Partial Dentures:
Nesbit Partial- If you are only missing a single tooth, a Nesbit partial may be your best option. Nesbit partials connect to the two adjacent teeth with metal clasps. The only time you may not want to use a Nesbit partial is if your missing tooth is one of your front teeth, this is because of the metal clasps.
Bridge- A bridge can be used to replace a single tooth, up to two or three consecutive missing teeth (a consult with Dr. Eichhorn would be required to determine how many teeth can be replaced with a single bridge). A bridge is essentially three (or more) crowns hooked together with the middle tooth (or teeth) "hovering" and filling the gap left by the missing tooth. Click here to learn more about Dental Bridges.
Dental Implant- A single dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth. While we do not place the implants themselves, we have an oral surgeon we refer our patients to for this procedure. Once the patient has received the implant, we make the dental crown that is placed on top of the implant.
Full Dentures- If the remaining teeth in your mouth have been compromised due to decay or breakage and Dr. Eichorn has determined that they are not salvageable, a full denture may be required. To learn more about full dentures, click here.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A PARTIAL DENTURE?
There are only two appointments associated with getting a partial denture. Those appointments are broken down below.
The first appointment- Dr. Eichhorn will take impressions of your teeth to send to our lab to create the partial denture.
The second appointment- You will receive your new partial denture.
Note: It is not uncommon to require a simple adjustment to improve the fit of the partial. If you notice your new partial is creating sore spots in your mouth, call us for an appointment to make an adjustment to the partial.