PARTIAL DENTURES

Partial and Removable Dentures

Custom-made dentures that feel and appear as natural as possible can help you regain your beautiful and confident smile. In case you have lost a number of teeth then you should consider partial dentures to fill up your tooth gaps. Partial dentures will not only enhance your smile but will also make eating and speaking a lot easier for you.

Removable Partial Dentures to replace missing teeth

Tooth gaps not only make you uncomfortable when you smile but the gaps may interfere with your chewing and speaking. Partial dentures offer solutions to these problems by restoring your smile, enhancing how you speak and making chewing food easier. In addition Removable Partial Dentures also provide your lips and cheeks support and prevent the skin on your face from sagging and making you appear older.

Other reasons to replace missing teeth

Your teeth are designed to function together and so losing even one of your teeth becomes a serious problem. It happens that when a tooth is lost, the other nearby teeth tend to shift or move towards the space left by the missing tooth. This may affect how you chew and bite and your jaw joints and teeth may be subjected to excess pressure leading to pain and discomfort. Moreover tilted or bent teeth are difficult to clean making them more prone to gum disease and decay. It is for this reason that any tooth lost should be replaced.

How do partial removable dentures work?

With removable partial dentures replacement teeth are normally fixed to a base made from acrylic material which blends in with your gum color. Sometimes underneath this acrylic base is a metal structure. Partial dentures usually have a clasp which attaches it to your other teeth keeping it in position.

Sometimes your dentist can also suggest crowning or capping a number of your damaged natural teeth to make your removable partial denture fit better inside your mouth. Speak to your dentist so that he or she recommends a removable partial denture that best meets your dental needs.

 

Partial denture above gum Partial denture in place Partial denture in mouth (rest seats on two teeth can be seen)

Newly-Acquired Removable Partial Denture

You will need a little bit of practice before you master how to remove and put back in your removable partial denture. At first wearing dentures may feel strange or the fitting could be tight. However you need not worry because after a few weeks you will get accustomed to having them on. Do not bite down your denture to force it into place as this can damage its clasps or harm your teeth. In case you have any issues with the fitting of your newly-acquired partial dentures then it is recommend that you speak to your dentist.

Do not put on your removable partial denture all day and all night. It is recommended that you remove your partial denture when you go to bed at night and wear it again in the morning. Normally you will be scheduled for dental visits where your dentist examines your mouth for any signs of pressure or discomfort. Your dentist will then make adjustments to your denture where necessary.

Eating and Speaking

Replacing missing teeth makes eating and speaking much easier. However you need to practice eating and speaking while wearing your partial dentures.  Below are some helpful tips:

  • Start by consuming soft foods probably broken down into smaller pieces.
  • Balance pressure in your mouth by using both sides of your mouth when chewing.
  • Avoid sticky and tough foods and avoid chewing gum.

Missing teeth can affect your speech and a removable partial denture enables you to speak clearly. At first you may experience difficulty uttering some words but with practice you will master your speech. You can use a mirror to practice speaking and reading words out loud.

Taking Care of Your Removable Partial Denture

Your removable partial denture should be taken care of just the same way as natural teeth. Below are some tips to assist you in caring for your removable partial denture:

  • Cleanse your partial denture on a daily basis. Take out your denture and start by rinsing off trapped pieces of food. Use a brush and a denture cleaner to clean the denture. You may also use a small amount of dishwashing liquid soap.
  • Mildly brush all surfaces of your denture. It is recommended that you use a brush specifically designed for denture cleaning. Alternatively you can look for a soft bristle brush.
  • Dentures should not be cleaned with toothpaste since some toothpaste brands contain abrasive particles which can destroy the teeth and base of your denture.
  • Partial dentures are delicate and can get broken when they fall. To avoid breaking your denture while cleaning it is advisable that you hold it over a towel or wash it inside a sink full of cool water.
  • Whenever you are not wearing your removable partial denture, ensure that it is soaked in denture solution or water. If a denture is left out in the open it dries and loses its shape.
  • After cleaning your denture with cleansers ensure that you rinse it thoroughly with water. This is because the cleanser you use might contain some chemical that are not meant to get into your mouth.
  • Use denture cleaners that have been approved for sale by your local healthcare authority and deemed as safe to use.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and floss once daily to ensure you have healthy gums and teeth.
  • Be extra careful when cleaning teeth that get clasped underneath the denture clasps. You can ask your dentist to guide you on the correct way to clean between your teeth.
  • When you remove your denture, store it in a safe place where children and animals cannot reach.

Denture Adjustments and Repairs

With time your removable partial denture fit may change or sometimes as you get older your jaw bones may shrink. When your jawbone shrinks, some spacing is left below your denture and food particles may get trapped in this spacing. Also the clasps of your denture may become worn out and loose.

You should not adjust your denture at home because you can destroy the denture or harm your health. Household glues should not be used to fix a damaged denture since they contain harmful substances. Visit your dentist in case of a broken, cracked or chipped partial denture or in case any denture tooth gets loose.

In case you lose any of your natural teeth supporting and holding the denture then your partial removable denture may also require some adjustment. Simple denture repairs can be done in a day but complex repairs usually require more time. To get your partial denture quickly fixed, ensure that you schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

It is important that you visit your dentist regularly for check-up and professional cleaning of teeth. You will be advised on how often you should see your dentist.

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