Removable Partial Denture Solutions
Partial dentures are a great solution to aid in replacing multiple missing teeth. They tend to be more economical than “fixed restorations” like bridges. The downside though is that, in order to be stable, removable partial dentures usually require “clasping” to natural teeth. This can sometimes have a bad effect on natural teeth. Also, if the clasps are visible upon smiling, some patients may find this bothersome due to the poor cosmetics.
Dental implants can be used under a removable partial denture to give the wearer the ability to “clip” their denture in place and use the implant as the anchor rather than clasping natural teeth.
Here is a link to a video testimonial of one of our patients, Doug, who discusses his experience using implants for his removable partial dentures; Doug’s Story.
Take a look through the case examples below of patients we have cared for. (Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.)
Dale (Restorative dentistry courtesy of Dr. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Center, Iowa.)
Dale had no back molars, so the used of a fixed bridge was not an option. He was able to replace 5 missing back teeth using only one implant on each side of his upper jaw, which allows him to snap hi removable partial denture in place.
Sheila (Restorative dentistry courtesy of Dr. Matt Hansen, Mason City, Iowa.)
Diane (Restorative dentistry courtesy of Dr. Amy Ries, Cresco, Iowa.)
Using implants in this way can be performed in both the upper and lower jaw. This patient had implants placed in both the upper and lower jaw and now can eat and chew and smile confidently!