Straight Teeth Talk: Dental Partials

By Mac Lee
Nov. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.

Rotted, broken teeth.

Rotted, broken teeth.

A full denture is for people who have no teeth at all. A partial denture is for people who have some teeth left and some gone. A partial denture also has a metal framework that grabs hold of the remaining teeth. The more teeth one has left, the tighter the partial will fit.

To make a partial, the dentist takes very precise impressions of the upper and lower teeth, and a lab makes the metal framework to fit the teeth within one-thousandth of a inch. Like fingerprints, a partial is so unique that of all the 7 billion people on earth, it will only fit the one it is made for.

Immediate partials

Partials are the perfect dental device for the patient in the photos. He had put off his dental work because of fear. He went with broken off teeth in the front for years, but pain finally made him call for help.

Once the patient finally made the commitment to go to the dentist, he decided he wanted to remove all broken teeth and have a young, healthy smile.

He was elated to know that I could take his bad teeth out and immediately place temporary crowns and partials that looked natural and fit well. In this case, he ended up crowning all of his remaining teeth so they would be stronger, look better and be perfect anchors for his partials.

Patient benefit

This patient's new smile gives him more confidence and allows normal smiling and chewing. Before, he hid his smile and eating was a painful chore. His new smile will also last for many years.

Making health decisions

If you have teeth problems, why wait? Find out what your options are so you can eat and feel comfortable about smiling. Ask questions and find the dentist who can deliver the service you expect.

Dr. Mac Lee practices in Edna. He is a international speaker to dentists and is an adviser to Dr. Mehmet Oz. To learn more, visit or call 361-782-7191.



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