Have you found yourself with a missing tooth or teeth? Fret not, we know of at least 3 options for tooth replacement for you: dental implants, fixed bridge, or removable partial dentures. These options can work to help you regain normal chewing and speech, prevent the shifting of your existing teeth and return your smile to its former glory.
Today, let’s look at removable partial dentures, the types, advantages and disadvantages and their proper care.
What are Partial Dentures?
A partial denture is custom made for you and comprises of an artificial tooth or teeth set into a resin base. These are meticulously crafted by our on-site laboratory to correlate with the precise models your practitioner has taken of your mouth.
These prosthetic wonders are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. They often incorporate a clasp to secure them in place. These clasps can be made of resin or an unobtrusive metal, forming a sturdy framework through the partial denture. Precision fit is essential to distribute biting forces evenly, safeguard your gums and natural teeth and ensure your ability to chew, speak and smile with a natural ease.
Advantages of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are a non-invasive and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. No surgery is required and it is unlikely that modification to your existing teeth will be required.
Depending on your evolving needs, more teeth can be added to the partial over time. If your existing teeth are viable, a partial denture is an easier solution to adjust to using than a full denture.
Disadvantages of Partial Dentures
Like anything new, a partial denture will take time to get used to. It will take some practice to become accustomed to the feel of a partial denture in your mouth and chewing and speaking with it in plac.
A cautionary tale; a partial denture can mean plaque build-up. Gentle care of your partial denture and your remaining teeth will be a necessity to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Not really a disadvantage but it is advised that you see your dentist for regular 6 monthly checks to ensure the health of your partial denture and your remaining teeth and to ensure the partial denture is not causing trauma in the mouth.
Over time wearing a partial denture can lead to bone loss at the site of the missing teeth, this can affect the adjacent teeth and may necessitate a new partial denture.
While they serve their purpose, partial dentures may not function as seamlessly as a fixed bridge or implant.
Your partial denture will need to be removed at night.
Partial Dentures and Essential oral care.
Each night, give your partial a well-deserved break and allow your gums to revel in some fresh air and improved blood circulation. Remove your partial denture and employ a toothbrush and floss to maintain the cleanliness of your natural teeth. When it comes to your partial, employ a soft toothbrush and denture toothpaste, or opt for cleaning tablets. Store your partial denture overnight in clean water, safe from harm’s way.
In the morning when it’s time to replace your partial, handle it with care. Avoid using any biting action to set it in place as this may stress the clasps. Be vigilant about the potential for tooth decay and limit your intake of sweets and sugary drinks. Maintain your regular 6 monthly dental visits, these are crucial to maintaining your oral health.
If you think you may be a candidate for a partial denture, or want to explore your options to replace missing teeth, call us for a comprehensive examination and talk through your situation with us.