Partial Dentures


A partial denture is an option for replacing a missing tooth or group of teeth. A partial contains artificial teeth made of dental porcelain. You take it out to clean it like full dentures. For some patients a partial is the best choice, but some patients may be happier with a fixed bridge or dental implants, because partials have some drawbacks. Your cosmetic dentist can help you decide which type of tooth replacement is best for you.

Partial vs. Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is similar to a partial, but it is permanent fixed in place. A partial must be removed and cleaned like dentures. It can slip and rub, causing discomfort, and you may not be able to eat all of your favorite foods. You will need to be refitted for your partial and have it replaced every few years.

A fixed bridge stays in place, and you clean and care for it like your natural teeth. It will not slip and rub, and you will not have to replace it on a regular basis. There is no risk of losing a fixed bridge, and it is more convenient than a partial.

A fixed bridge can be anchored to the adjacent teeth with crowns, or it can be anchored with dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are really the preferred choice for most patients. You can have a single implant to replace a single missing tooth, or you can have a fixed bridge anchored by dental implants to replace a group of teeth.

The implant itself helps prevent the bone loss that is so common with dentures and partials, because it replaces the tooth root. Anchoring with dental implants rather than crowns prevents stress on the adjacent teeth.

Professional Vs. Over the Counter Teeth Whitening at Home


If you are considering teeth whitening at home, you may be wondering if there is really a difference between the take home kits you can get from your dentist and the ones you can buy off the shelf. There is a big difference. Even the over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products that involve using trays and gels, that seem so similar to the kit you get from the dentist, does not deliver the same powerful and consistent results.

Take Home Whitening Kits from Your Dentist

When you get a take home kit from your dentist the whitening gel is a professional grade product with more whitening power than OTC gels.

The trays that come with OTC kits are not custom made for your teeth, and may not provide even coverage and even whitening, and the fit may be so poor that it hurts your gums.

Trays provided by a cosmetic dentist are custom made to fit your teeth so that each tooth gets full and even coverage, with no gaps in the whitening.


A professional kit comes with desensitizing gel. OTC products can be very uncomfortable or intolerable for people with sensitive teeth.


When you buy an OTC whitening kit, you are on your own. When you use a professional take-home kit provided by the highly trained dentists at The Center for Contemporary Dentistry in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire you have support of dentists Jay and Manisha Patel. You can call with any questions and concerns, and know that you are getting answers that are relevant to you and your mouth, not just generic information that a rep reads off the screen.

And, should you have a problem that you think needs attention, you can always come into the office to have it checked out.