Dentist in the Putney area describes partial dentures

Many patients in the Putney area who speak to their dentist about dentures cringe at the idea of fake looking restorative appliances. However, conventional dentures have come a long way over the years and look more natural than ever. They can almost fully restore one’s chewing and speaking ability and allow them to enjoy their favourite foods once again. Dr. Etienne Potgieter of Gentle Dental Putney is excited to offer full and partial dentures in his practice.

Full dentures are made of acrylic and are used when patients are missing an entire arch of teeth. Patients missing one or more teeth may use partial dentures, which work a little differently. They are fabricated from high quality acrylics and use a metal framework to snap them into place within the smile. This allows them to fit properly and perform at their best by distributing chewing and biting forces across the dental arch. Full dentures use the ridge of the gum line and in some cases, the bone of the jaw when implants are placed in coordination with the dentures.

Partial dentures are commonly suggested for patients who are missing one or more teeth within their dental arch and are seeking an economical solution for repair. Partial dentures are often covered in part or in full by dental insurance providers so they make a wonderful choice for individuals who are on a budget and need to obtain a restoration in an economical manner.

Partial dentures require extra care and attention. Dr. Etienne Potgieter of Gentle Dental Putney educates patients on how to care for their dentures to increase their longevity and ensure they provide years of service with minimal adjustments. Patients who come to their dentist for recall appointments are encouraged to bring their dentures with them to check for fit and function and make any changes necessary during these visits.

Many patients are appropriate candidates for partial dentures versus alternative solutions such as bridges and dental implants, but can speak with our dental professionals to make an educated decision on what is best for their specific needs and desires.
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