Dental care and techniques have certainly improved over the generations. When you were younger your dentist may have chosen to pull teeth without considering an option for replacement. Today, however, replacement will be a primary consideration whenever talking about extraction in order to protect surrounding teeth and improve functionality and appearance. If you have some "gaps" that you want to address, perhaps you can consider removable partial dentures as an option. 

What Are Removable Partials?

Generally speaking, the dentist has three suggestions for you when it comes to replacing missing teeth. These include fixed bridges, implants or this type of partial denture. Removable partials are not the same as the temporary partial which may be installed immediately following an extraction, but are intended to be a more permanent solution.

How are They Made?

These partial dentures are typically made around a resin base. Individual teeth are inserted into this resin base according to specific impressions that are made of your mouth by the dentist. Usually, these are held in place by small metal clasps and are intended to attach to healthy teeth as a means of keeping the denture in place. It may be possible to have clasps that are made from a resin material which may then be less visible, if the partial is in a prominent area.

Why Fitting Is Important  

There's a lot of skill involved in fitting this type of partial denture. It's important to ensure that very powerful biting forces are distributed evenly throughout your teeth and gums, so that long-term damage to these areas are avoided. Also, careful fitting will ensure that you enjoy that healthy smile and appearance.

Who Benefits Most?

This type of solution is normally recommended for those who have a number of missing teeth in one quadrant. It's also possible in certain circumstances to add other teeth to this denture in the future should you need to have an extraction for some reason. This option is also becoming more widespread for those who have at least some teeth left in the lower jaw that can be utilised. It is felt that a removable partial is much easier to adapt to as opposed to a complete lower denture.

How Can You Care for Them?

It should be noted that partial dentures can lead to some sensitivity and damage to surrounding teeth and gums, which is the reason why your dentist will want to take great care to make sure of fitment and form. You will also need to take a lot of care yourself to look after the dentures, remove them at night and clean carefully around the abutment teeth.