Partial Dentures

Dentistry Optimized

Norman F. Coates, DMD

General Dentistry located in Inver Grove Heights, MN

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may wonder if dentures are a good option for you. Partial dentures are affordable, customizable dental appliances that replaces missing teeth to help restore your ability to chew and speak naturally. Norman Coates, DMD, and his team at Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, provide a variety of restorative dental solutions to patients, including partial dentures. To get a personalized treatment plan, make your appointment online or call the office today.

Partial Dentures Q & A

What are partial dentures?

Dentures are a type of removable oral appliance to replace missing teeth. Complete dentures replace an entire mouth of teeth, while partial dentures replace some teeth and work with your remaining natural teeth.

Dentures consist of artificial teeth held in place by gum-colored plastic. Partial dentures are similar to bridges, which are also artificial teeth, but partial dentures are removable while bridges are permanently fixed in your mouth.

Partial dentures can be held in your mouth by internal attachments, like dental implants, or by clasps that are attached to your natural teeth. The proper type of denture for you depends on your unique mouth.  

What are the benefits of removable partial dentures?

Partial dentures can be a good solution for patients missing some, but not all, of their teeth. Your teeth work together with your lips, gums, and jaw to help you chew and speak. If teeth are missing, this interaction changes.

Missing teeth put increased strain on remaining natural teeth when you bite down, and the spaces left by missing teeth can cause other teeth to drift in your mouth. Dentures help restore healthy mouth function.

Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth, so they’re often more stable than full dentures. Partial dentures are also easy to remove for cleaning, which can make your oral hygiene routine easier.

Are partial dentures right for me?

At Dentistry Optimized, Dr. Coates offers a variety of restorative dental options to give you the most natural mouth function possible. When making his recommendations for treatment, he takes into consideration how many teeth are missing, the strength of your remaining teeth, and other factors.

If you have missing teeth, dentures can improve your ability to chew and talk, as well as fill out your face and complete your smile. Partial dentures are customized for you, and Dr. Coates can give you tips for making adjusting to life with dentures a comfortable experience.

Dr. Coates and the team at Dentistry Optimized want to help you achieve the healthiest, most comfortable smile possible. Request an appointment online or by phone to learn more about partial dentures.