When deciding whether to use a partial, denture, or dental implant, there are three primary factors to consider: the number of teeth missing, the cost, and comfort. Partials are generally used to replace a small number of teeth. They're the least expensive and, if fitted properly, are comfortable. The are removable, however, and if not worn continually they can contribute to the misalignment of adjacent teeth. Dentures are also removable but are used to replace an entire set of teeth. They have enormous aesthetic value but are a significant investment, and special care must be taken to ensure they have a proper and comfortable fit. Dental implants are the most expensive replacement method, but they also tend to be the most comfortable. Implants are actually surgically anchored to the jaw, are permanent, and can be used to replace just one or all the teeth. Care of implants is similar to that of normal teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups are required. For more information about dentures, partials, or implants, contact an area dentist.