If you have a partial denture to replace one or more missing teeth, it’s not at all unlikely that you will experience additional tooth loss during the lifetime of your partial denture. After all, partial dentures are designed to last a long time, and once the process of tooth loss begins, in some people it can continue. In fact, there are some characteristics of partial dentures that can actually speed the loss of teeth adjacent to the denture.

Here are some questions to ask to help you decide if it’s worth it to add teeth to your partial denture.

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Is It Technically Feasible to Add Teeth to My Partial?

The first and most important concern is whether your partial denture will support new teeth at the location in question. Whether your partial denture will support new teeth depends on many factors, such as the material of the denture, the location of the new missing tooth relative to the shape of the partial, the occlusal force at the point of the lost tooth, and how well the partial denture will be supported after the loss of the current tooth.

It’s also worth noting that even when it’s possible to add teeth to your partial, it may be expensive in some cases. There are times when starting with a new partial may give better results or may be less expensive. Acrylic dentures are the easiest and cheapest to augment. Partial dentures with a metal base can be much harder, and more expensive to build up.

Can I Add Teeth to a Flexible partial?

Yes!  You can add teeth to a flexible partial denture. However, the process can be a bit of an inconvenience: it can only be done at the labs that make the flexible dentures, which means that you need to send it in to get it redone.

The denture lab might decide that it’s actually better to make a new denture than to try to upgrade the old one. Usually, this is done because it will actually save you money, so it’s not going to make the procedure more expensive.

Is There a Better Way to Replace the Tooth?

When you lost the tooth or teeth that led to your partial denture, chances are it was the best option at the time, but the new tooth loss may have changed things. One common change is that your original tooth loss may not have been properly configured for an implant denture , but with adjacent tooth loss there may be better ways to anchor the denture.

Other times, a dental implant or dental bridge might not have been an option for other teeth, but is for this one. Or your circumstances may have changed and you can afford dental implants or bridges where you couldn’t before.

Is It Time for Full Dentures?

Many people are afraid at the prospect of full dentures. While it’s true that nothing is as good as a full set of healthy teeth, it’s also true that in some circumstances full dentures may be better than a combination of partial dentures and less healthy teeth, especially with The Denture Fountain of Youth®. When you have lost additional teeth, it’s a good time to reevaluate your situation and make a decision about whether you want to move to full dentures or even single arch dentures.

If you have lost an additional tooth and aren’t sure what to do about your partial dentures, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC denture dentist today.