The Philadelphia Dentist
Lee Schriftman, DDS

How many teeth do you need for a partial denture?

Thanks to modern dental technology, your options for replacing teeth in Philadelphia are numerous and may be tailored to your individual needs. For example, if you have lost some teeth but still retain several healthy teeth in the correct positions, you may benefit from a partial denture. Partial dentures are removable for cleaning and, when used, attach to nearby natural teeth for security via special connectors designed to fit your smile.

The number of teeth you need for a partial denture will vary based on a few factors. First, the size of your partial denture may require a more stable anchor than a single tooth. Also, our dentists may protect and strengthen your natural anchor teeth with dental crowns to improve stability.

Implant-Supported Dentures Stay Securely in Place

Partial dentures may also use dental implants to secure themselves in your mouth. Dentures that won’t stay in place may irritate your gums and prevent you from enjoying some of the healthiest food available.

Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth because they include an artificial root that we surgically place in your bone.

When we implant your artificial tooth roots, and they have completely healed, we’ll supply your new partial dentures with a unique adapter so that they snap into your implants. Like the natural teeth which support a conventional partial denture, implant-supported dentures require only a few strategically placed artificial tooth roots to support an extensive restoration.

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