Partial Dentures – What Are They?
Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth which are placed on a plastic base. Your dentist can design a partial denture based on your needs.
Unlike full dentures, partial dentures may have a metal framework and a clasp used to connect to your natural teeth. Other connectors may also be used to ensure they look more natural.
Some cases require precision attachments as a way to attach the denture to your natural teeth. Dentures with precision attachments can be more costly than dentures with clasps.
Dental crowns on natural teeth may also be required to improve the fit of partial dentures.
Should you opt for partial dentures or dental bridges?
Your dentist will help you decide which option is better for you. When deciding, the dentist will determine how each can work with your remaining natural teeth.
Both options can fill spaces, prevent shifting of teeth and improve the ability to chew and talk. However, each option functions differently and requires separate regular upkeep.
What to expect when you have partial dentures?
They may feel awkward when you first wear them, that which is normal. After a few days or weeks, you’ll get accustomed to wearing your new partial dentures.
It can also take some time before you get used to inserting or removing them in and out of your mouth. No matter what you decide, follow the instructions of your dentist.
Dentures must fit into place; never bite it down to put it in position as it could only bend the clasps.
To identify those areas that may need adjustment on a partial denture, you may have to wear them all the time during the first few days. Soon after, an adjustment of the partial denture may be needed to make them fit more comfortably.
You must take them out of your mouth before sleeping and place them back in the morning.
During the first few days or weeks, you may need to consume soft foods to adjust to the dentures. You may also need to avoid sticky foods and chewing gum during the adjustment period when your dentures may cause soreness.
Should you use a denture cleaner?
You may use a recommended denture cleaner. Never use toothpaste when cleaning your denture because it’s abrasive to the denture material. Also, do not use any household cleaner to clean your dentures, these products may not only damage your denture but may be potentially toxic if ingested.
Do partial dentures require adjustments?
Yes, they do require some adjustments over time. That’s because as you age, your mouth changes naturally, thereby affecting dentures’ fit.
If your partial denture no longer fits well, your dentist will adjust them because poor fitting dentures could cause sores or infections. You must visit your dentist as soon as possible if your partial dentures become loose.
You may find a do it yourself kit online to repair your partial dentures. Never use it as it may cause more harm than good to your dentures.
Furthermore, never use over the counter glues as they contain chemicals that can harm your body when ingested. Call your dentist as soon as possible if your denture breaks.
Alternatives to Dentures
Dental bridges are viable alternatives to dentures, dental implants are also ideal. Both alternatives are more expensive than partial dentures but they closely resemble your real teeth. Nowadays, more and more patients choose dental implants over partial dentures.
To help you decide, let our dentists at Aloha Dental examine your condition. Schedule an appointment today.