Partial dentures are removable replacement teeth, which are attached to a plastic base. The denture is designed to fit the individual patient, using an impression of your teeth and gums to ensure it fits comfortably. Some dentures are made using metal framework and clasps or perhaps more natural-looking clasps to connect them to your teeth. Other dentures can be made with precision attachments. Sometimes when you have a partial denture made, you might also have crowns added to your natural teeth, which help to improve the fit of the denture.
Partial dentures are one of the options that you have available if you want to replace missing teeth. Not everyone chooses to replace missing teeth, especially if a gap is not visible, but there are some excellent reasons to do so. Replacing a missing tooth or several missing teeth can help to improve your bite, and make it easier to eat and talk. It also offers an esthetic benefit, restoring your smile if gaps are more obvious. Restoring your smile can help to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
There are other options available if you want to replace missing teeth, but a partial denture is a great choice if you want to replace several missing teeth that are next to each other, although they can replace a single tooth as well. It is an option that will last a long time, and can be adjusted when necessary to ensure they continue to fit comfortably. Partial dentures are made for the patient to match their natural teeth.
When you have a partial denture made, a few appointments are required to create it and then fit it to your teeth. The first step is to consult with us about what type of denture is right for you. We will then take impressions and measures of your jaw, which will be used to help create your denture. Before the final denture is made, you will test out models or plastic patterns in the shape of the denture so that it can be assessed for fit, comfort, color and shape. The final denture can then be cast, and you will return for a final fitting, and to learn how to use it.
If you have recently had a tooth or teeth removed, it can take up to six months for your gums to heal after the extraction. If you want the teeth to be replaced by a fixed bridge, instead of a removable denture, you might have a temporary denture fitted first.
Using partial dentures for the first time can feel strange. After a while, you will get used to wearing it and become accustomed to how it feels. We will show you how to put it in and take it out, but it can take some practice to feel comfortable doing it. You should be able to easily fit the denture into place without having to force it. We will speak to you about when you should wear your denture and how long it can be left in place. You might be asked to wear it all the time to begin with, which will help to identify any adjustments that need to be made to make it perfectly comfortable.
If there are any places where your denture puts more pressure on your gums, we can adjust it so that it fits better. Once it has been adjusted, you will be able to take your dentures out at night.
It's also important to know how to care for partial dentures. Keeping them clean helps you to maintain your oral hygiene and health. Just like brushing your teeth, you should brush your dentures every day, but avoid using brushes with hard bristles. A brush designed for cleaning dentures, rather than a regular toothbrush, will also help you to do a better job. However, a soft-bristled toothbrush can also work.
Dentures also need to be kept moist to ensure they keep their shape. When you take your dentures out at night, you should place it in soaking solution or water. We will instruct you about taking care of your partial dentures and give you some tips on products and methods. Be sure to always thoroughly rinse your denture before placing it in your mouth, especially after you have cleaned it.
After the initial adjustments that we make to ensure your denture fits well, you may infrequently need to have your denture adjusted again in the future. As you age, your mouth changes shape, and bone or gum ridges can recede or shrink. This affects the fit of your denture, which means it will need to be adjusted. If you feel that your denture doesn't fit as well as it used to, call us to set up an appointment. Regular checkups will remain important. Please give us a call today.