Guide to Replacing Partials
The information in the Guide to Replacing Partials provides a comprehensive explanation of the consequences of missing teeth, a comparison of dental implants and partials, and a detailed description of implant procedures. We encourage you to review all of the pages to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options.
Preferred Method of Replacing Partials
Dental implant treatment is considered standard of care and is also the preferred method of replacing partial dentures. Numerous studies in the scientific literature demonstrate that the long-term success of dental implant-supported replacement teeth is significantly higher than partial dentures. In addition, studies also indicate that patient satisfaction is much higher with replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Some of the many benefits of dental implant treatment for replacement of partial dentures include:
- Dental implant treatment will prevent further bone resorption (deterioration) caused by the missing teeth and wearing partials
- Instead of having metal hooks on the adjacent teeth, which become loose over time, implant-supported replacement teeth will protect the adjacent teeth
- Implant-supported crowns and bridges maintain proper overall bite and function of the teeth and jaw joints.
- Appearance is improved by restoring a more natural-looking smile
- Dental implant treatment prevents bite collapse and malpositioning of the teeth.
- Implant-supported replacement teeth are stable and comfortable – nothing is moving in the mouth, causing pressure or discomfort
- A sense of confidence is also restored with the stability of implant-supported replacement teeth.
The following photos illustrate how dental implant treatment can replace a partial denture with stable replacement teeth that are more like natural teeth.
Lower partial denture replaces
several missing posterior teeth
Deteriorated jaw where partial
replaced missing posterior teeth
Dental implants with crowns look
more like natural teeth than partials
Implant-supported crowns replaced
posterior teeth and partial