April 29, 2014

When Implants Are Not An Option: Partials or Dentures

Replace Missing Teeth

Prior to the availability of dental implants, prosthodontists routinely treated patients with missing teeth (some or all) with removable partials or dentures.  In addition, not all patients are candidates for implants, due to financial, anatomical or medical considerations.

Prosthodontists are specialists in the replacement of missing teeth.  What sets them apart from general dentists is their extensive training in the diagnosis, design and fabrication of these prostheses.  When a patient is missing some teeth, or has some teeth that need to be removed, but doesn't want to lose them all, a removable partial denture can be a predictable functional and esthetic solution.  We have many patients who have had removable partials that last for ten or more years.  This success depends on the proper planning and treatment techniques that are part of the specialty of prosthodontics.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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