Partial dentures are removable replacement teeth that attach to a plastic base. The dentist customizes the denture to fit comfortably using an impression of the patient’s teeth and gums.
Some dentures use a metal framework and natural-looking clasps to connect them to the teeth. Other dentures are made with precision attachments. Sometimes when you have a partial denture, you might also have crowns added to your natural teeth to help secure the denture.
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Benefits of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are one option to replace missing teeth. Not everyone chooses to replace missing teeth, especially if a gap is not visible, but there are some important 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 by restoring your smile if gaps are more obvious. Filling the gaps can help to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
There are other options available to replace missing teeth. A partial denture is a great choice if you want to replace several missing teeth in a row. You could replace a single tooth as well. It is an option that lasts a long time and can be adjusted when necessary to ensure comfort. One of the great things about partial dentures is the aesthetic appeal that matches the patient’s natural teeth.
Getting New Partial Dentures
Getting a partial denture requires a few appointments to create the denture and then fit it between your teeth. The first step is to consult with us about what type of denture is right for you. We then take impressions and measurements of your jaw. Before the final denture is made, you will test out models or plastic patterns in the shape of the denture to assess fit, comfort, color, and shape. The final denture is then ready to cast. You will return for a final fitting and 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 a fixed bridge to replace your teeth instead of a removable denture, you might have a temporary denture fitted first.
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Getting Used to Your Dentures
Using a partial denture for the first time can feel strange. After a while, you 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.
If there are any places where your denture puts more pressure on your gums, we can adjust it to fit better. After it has been adjusted, you will be able to take your dentures out at night.
Caring for Dentures
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 daily. However, avoid using brushes with hard bristles. A brush designed for cleaning dentures, rather than a regular toothbrush, will clean it better. A soft-bristled toothbrush can also work.
Dentures also need to be kept moist to ensure they keep their shape. When you take your denture out at night, you should place it in a 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.
Partial Denture Adjustments
After the initial adjustments, you may infrequently need to have your denture adjusted 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 schedule an appointment. Regular checkups will remain important. Please, call us today.