The ins and outs of partial dentures
- Posted on: Oct 30 2018
If you’re missing teeth on multiple sides of your mouth but still have some of your own natural teeth, partial dentures may be able to help restore your smile as well as the function of your teeth.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are removable replacements that are used when you have some missing teeth but also have some natural teeth remaining. These replacement teeth are usually attached to pink or gum-colored bases and attach to your teeth using a metal framework and clasps or precision attachments.
Why would someone need partial dentures?
If you’re missing three or more teeth but still have some of your natural ones, partial dentures may be recommended. Your partial denture will help fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth and make it easier to chew and talk. It can also help your appearance, since the areas around missing teeth may look sunken in, and help other teeth from changing position.
How does the entire process work?
Once you and your dentist determine that partial dentures are your best solution, you’ll decide between two options. One stays in your mouth, and the other is removed for cleaning. Crowns are also sometimes needed to ensure that removable partial dentures fit better.
A series of impressions of your jaws will be made, and your dentist will take precise measurements to reflect how they fit together. A model of your partial dentures will be made, and you’ll test their color, shape, and fit. When your partial denture is exactly right, a final version will be cast. Further adjustments will be made as necessary.
How do you care for partial dentures?
Caring for your dentures is easy after an initial period of adjustment. Your dentist will recommend a denture cleaner, since toothpaste can be too harsh. You should use this each day to help clean your partial dentures and prevent stains. Brushes for cleaning dentures are available, or you can also use a toothbrush with soft (never hard) bristles. It’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or sink of water in case you accidentally drop your partial dentures as you’re cleaning them.
You should rinse loose food particles off your partial dentures and then moisten your brush and apply the cleanser. Be thorough but gentle as you brush your denture’s surfaces and rinse it thoroughly before placing it in your mouth. At night, your dentures should be kept moist in either soaking solution or water so they keep their proper shape.
You may also need to have your partial dentures adjusted from time to time. Since your mouth changes, the way your denture fits can also be affected, so adjustments may be needed. If your denture needs repair or adjustment, don’t try to do it yourself, since you could damage it beyond repair. Instead, call your dentist.
Are there any health risks associated with partial dentures?
It’s important to properly clean and care for your partial dentures and to see your dentist promptly if they don’t fit well. Otherwise, they’re more likely to be associated with the following health risks:
- Bacterial build up
- Gum disease
- Mouth infections
If you’d like to find out more about partial dentures, including whether your might be a good candidate for receiving them, make an appointment today with Concerned Dental Care of NYC. We provide top dental care in multiple convenient locations and welcome walks-ins as well as patients who have appointments.