Dentures & Partials
What are Dentures & Partials?
While most people think of both dentures and partials as a prosthetic option for adults, they can be just as beneficial for children. If your child is missing all or most of their teeth, a prosthetic appliance is necessary to help restore their ability to eat, chew and speak. Dentures are custom-fitted to your child’s mouth, so they’re completely comfortable and natural-looking. Most dentures can last for about seven years before your child will need to have the appliance replaced.
Why might Dentures & Partials be needed?
Some children lose their primary (baby) teeth prematurely. This leaves them unable to eat, chew and even speak normally. This is when a denture will come in handy in order to improve their confidence and oral functionality. For older kids and teens, they might be missing enough teeth to warrant either a full denture or a partial prosthetic.
Who is a candidate for Dentures & Partials?
To determine if your child might benefit from a full or partial denture, we will perform an examination. The exam gives us a clear view of which teeth your child has and whether or not they’d need a prosthetic appliance. Dentures are custom-made for each child, so they will look as natural as possible. Their denture will help to restore their ability to eat, chew and speak as well as how they feel about themselves.
What happens during the procedure for Dentures & Partials?
The denture or partial process begins with impressions. These highly-detailed molds give us an idea of what your child’s mouth, gums and teeth look like. The impressions are then used to make the actual denture. Your child will come into the office to have the denture fitted and adjusted to be more comfortable. Your child will need to remove the prosthetic each night to clean it and store it away. With the proper storage and maintenance, the denture can last for many years. Once replacement is needed, we can easily do this type of work in our office.
If you think your child might benefit from dentures, call us today to speak with one of our professionally trained staff members.