• Nicholas Fournier DD

When to change a partial?

The cheapest way to replace your missing teeth is having a partial denture. Once you have a partial and we use it for a couple of years, The next question is how long does it last or how long should it last. Let's go through a couple of fundamentals of what a partial does.

A partial is there to support remaining natural teeth and function for those that are missing. It does so by holding the teeth in their natural position and also keeping the contacts between teeth at their optimal height. As we chew, the partial will help that function. As we smile the for the partial will help to keep a straight and full dentition smile.

Now here's the tricky part, when do we change it. if you look at what it does, is it still providing those functions. This is tricky to figure out because most people can function with a partial even if the teeth are not touching. The problem with this scenario is that the partial is not supporting the natural dentition and so all of the pressure is only on the natural teeth. At this stage the partials doing nothing to help your natural teeth and actually it's doing much more harm than good.

The second part is your smile. now over years your smile has changed do to the use of those teeth it might be hard to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a used one. This is where a professional can help you. The difference is amazing in the quality of your smile once those teeth are changed.

There are a couple of very important factors when looking if the partial needs to be changed. We look at the relationship between the partial in the gums. If space created or is there too much pressure on the gums these two scenarios need to be addressed to save bone health, save natural teeth and oral infection.

If it has been a couple of years that you are using partial it is a good idea to get them checked by a denturologiste to make sure there is no degradation and side effects. Maintenance is the easiest and cheapest way to keep thing in order.

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