Many people are lucky to have healthy front teeth, and therefore a common question is whether you can get a partial denture for your back teeth only.
The answer to that question is most definitely yes, just as you can get a partial denture for front teeth only.
There are a number of options available, depending on how many teeth are affected, and the type of budget you have to spend. You might choose a traditional partial plate, a dental bridge, or another option.
A partial denture will often need something to help it stay in place, whether that be clasps which fit around a natural tooth or crown, or pins when a partial permanent dental implant is required.
Sometimes the remaining teeth are positioned in such a way that clasps are not required, and this is especially true when there is only one or a few false teeth on the denture.
Patients often opt for the lightweight metal partial, whilst others prefer the acrylic option.
When a partial denture for front teeth is required, other natural teeth such as molars can be used to hold the denture in place.
You can get an upper or lower partial denture, although many dental patients say that they have less trouble adjusting to wearing an upper than a lower. However, this is often the case will a full plate too.
Various charities will sometimes provide free partial dentures for the front teeth, because missing front teeth cause more eating problems.
Missing front teeth are more noticeable, and this often leads to a patient avoiding opening their mouth in public. However, missing back teeth can be just as much of an issue to a patient.
Unfortunately, in many cases it is the rear teeth which are prone to decay, due to a variety of factors.
The back teeth can often get neglected during teeth cleaning, leaving debris and tartar to build up which promotes decay. Some people find it more tricky to get to their molars cleaned sufficiently, but have less trouble cleaning front teeth.
There are a number of options available regarding a partial denture for back teeth, and your dentist can discuss the best solution for you.