When you have a few missing teeth, upper and/or lower partial dentures will fill the gaps in your teeth. They are attached to your natural teeth and can be unclipped and removed as needed.
Often times when people think about dentures, they imagine the full version that encompasses an entire upper or lower jaw of teeth. However, this isn’t necessary for every patient.
In the case of people who are only missing some teeth, many dentists will recommend partial upper and/or lower dentures. As the name suggests, they cover only part of the jaw—where the teeth are missing, obviously—but leave the rest of your teeth alone. Partial upper and lower dentures are removable and generally made from acrylic and or metal. They generally use wire hooks, clear clasps gum-colored that comfortably wraps around teeth you still have. This ensures they stay in place while you’re wearing them, yet can easily slip them off when your day is over.
The process of having partial and/or lower dentures made for your mouth begins with the initial appointment. There, your dentist will begin by taking models of your mouth in order to study them later. Primarily, they will be analyzing your bite in order to create dentures that will complement it.
So if you’re missing teeth in your lower and/or upper jaw, don’t hesitate to speak with a dentist about dentures. Partial upper and lower dentures may be just what you need.