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Posts for: September, 2015
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be concerned about the possibility of having to wear partial dentures. You've likely heard that dentures are uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, precision partial dentures have revolutionized the dental restoration field, and Dr. Ronald Morse, your Lakewood, Colorado dentist, is happy to offer them to his patients as a way of restoring form and function to their smiles. Here's a brief overview of precision partial dentures:
What is the difference between precision and conventional partial dentures?
Precision partial dentures function in the same way as conventional partial dentures; they replace missing sections of your natural teeth with porcelain teeth attached to a base. Conventional partials are held in place by wire hooks that wrap around the adjacent teeth. This is assuming, of course, that the patient has retained enough of their natural teeth to support these restorations. The possibility also exists that the wire clasps will be visible during normal eating and talking.
Precision partials, however, stay in place through the use of a "lock and key" style attachment system between the partial itself and a receiving area, which is attached to either a crowned natural tooth or a dental implant placed by your Lakewood dentist. The result is more evenly displaced pressure against the natural teeth that remain, and a much more attractive appearance, with no visible hardware. Precision partials are also easier for patients to remove.
How does the process for precision dentures get started?
You'll visit Dr. Ronald Morse at his Lakewood dentist's office so that he and his experienced team can take measurements and impressions of your mouth. This is a quick and painless procedure and usually only takes a few minutes thanks to three-dimensional imaging technology. The resulting 3D pictures will be sent to a laboratory, where your precision partial dentures will be expertly crafted to fit your mouth. You'll return to your Lakewood dentist for fitting and any adjustments, and then you'll be on your way to better dental health and a more attractive smile.
Excited to learn more about precision partial dentures? Contact the dental office of Dr. Ronald Morse in Lakewood to set up a consultation!