Is a Partial Denture Right for Your Missing Tooth?

Are you missing a tooth and wondering what to do next? We can help you with that! While there are many options available to you, from dental implants to partial dentures, we do recommend that you do something.

Losing a tooth and leaving the space empty can cause many other problems from bone loss in the jaw to your teeth completely realigning in your mouth and causing discomfort. So now that you know that you have options, let’s look at partial dentures.

Closing The Gaps

Dental implants can be expensive and take several appointments to complete. Additionally, if you have bone loss you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. That’s where a partial denture can benefit you. There are different options for partial dentures when it comes to choosing the material they’re made out of and the style. Metal partial dentures have clips and hooks that attach to the healthy teeth around your missing tooth.

Like regular dentures, they can be removed for cleaning and at night. We recommend these types of partial dentures mainly for missing molars as the clasps can sometimes be visible and you may find them aesthetically unpleasant.

Flexible dentures are another option. Instead of the metal, the teeth are attached to a flexible plastic similar to a traditional denture. These also can fit around your existing teeth, however the plastic can be clear or pink to match your gums and is much less noticeable.

Whichever path you choose for closing the gap left by a missing tooth, we are here to help you. We have many examples of dentures, partial dentures and dental implants in our office that you can examine and explore. Give our office a call today and our knowledgeable staff will work with you and set up a consultation. We look forward to restoring your wonderful smile!”

How Long Does Implant Surgery Typically Take to Heal?

Dental implant surgery can be an overwhelming idea, however, our staff is here to help you through it and walk you through what to expect when you’re recovering.

After getting dental implants inserted, the recovery is relatively short. It’s important to keep in mind that recovery time can vary depending on the type of surgery you had, as well as how well you take care of your body after surgery.

You are the one taking care of yourself once you leave our office, so we’d like to give you some tips and tell you what to expect to make your recovery easier.

Dental Implant Recovery

Typically, you should heal after dental implant surgery within 5-7 days. Depending on the type of work we do for your recovery time can vary. A single dental implant will ideally heal faster than multiple implants and if there is bone grafting involved, recovery can take even longer. Bone grafting is when we take bone from somewhere else in your body and transplant it to your jawbone. This is only required if your jawbone is not thick enough to secure an implant and it can take months for that healing process to be completed.

In the first 24-28 hours, you may notice lots of bleeding and discomfort. It’s important during this time to keep clean gauze in your mouth to absorb the blood and take it easy. Stay on your couch or in bed for a day or two. Be gentle getting up out of bed, and although it’s not required, a liquid or soft diet is recommended. Changing your diet to soft, healthy foods will help your mouth heal quickly and correctly. Avoid any hard foods, nuts, popcorn, overly spicy food, chips and acidic foods.

Of course, we are available if you’re having concerns and we are happy to walk with you through the healing process. If you have any questions after your surgery, please don’t hesitate to call us.