Partial Dentures – What You Need To Know

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If you’re ready to fill the gaps in your smile, partial dentures are an effective tooth replacement solution. Preferred by patients who want a non-invasive tooth-replacement option, partial dentures are lightweight, removable, and easy to clean. Plus, partial dentures are often more budget-friendly than other tooth replacement solutions like bridges and implants.

Wondering if partial dentures are the right fit for you? Here’s everything you need to know about partial dentures from fitting and manufacturing, to at-home care.

Who Should Get Partial Dentures?

Regain your sense of confidence by improving your smile. Partial dentures are an excellent option for patients dealing with tooth loss stemming from:

  • Trauma
  • Illness
  • Tooth decay

There are many reasons why patients lose teeth, and partial dentures offer a pain-free and seamless solution. Before getting partial dentures, make sure you address any underlying dental issues with your dentist. Partial dentures are intended to be a cosmetic solution, not a treatment for other dental issues.

What are the Benefits of Partial Dentures?

Many patients prefer partial dentures because they are simple to install and don’t require any invasive dental procedures. Additionally, partial dentures offer other benefits that impact your lifestyle and overall health.

Improved Speech

Partial dentures improve clarity of speech by filling in gaps between teeth. Remember, it may take some time to get used to wearing partial dentures so you may need to practice and adjust to speaking with dentures in place.

Improved Ability to Eat

One of the biggest benefits of dentures is they improve your ability to chew and enjoy food. In addition to making eating more comfortable, dentures help your body absorb nutrition from meals since you’re able to break-down foods more easily.

Improved Confidence

There’s no doubt that a full, bright smile is great for boosting confidence. Dentures help restore face shape and smile continuity so you look, and feel, your best.

How Are Partial Dentures Made?

Partial dentures are typically made from either hard acrylic or flexible thermoplastic materials. Traditional partial dentures are a combination of hard acrylic tooth and gum-colored base with metal clasps to attach the dentures to neighboring teeth. Metal elements on partial dentures are typically not visible, but may diminish the appliance’s naturalistic appearance.

Flexible partial dentures are made from nylon thermoplastic. As the name suggests, these dentures are made to fit around your neighboring teeth and are held in place by thin plastic pieces secured around existing teeth. Although flexible dentures aren’t as durable as traditional partial dentures, they are often more comfortable for long-term wear.

Acquiring your partial dentures starts with a consultation at the dentist’s office. During this visit your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send it off to the manufacturer to have your appliance custom made to fit your mouth. Once your dentist receives the appliance, they can address any fit issues and advise you on the best at-home care strategy.

How Do I Take Care of Partial Dentures?

Home maintenance for partial dentures is fairly straightforward although they do require daily attention.

Brush Every Day

Partial dentures should be cleaned with special denture toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush at least once a day. This will help remove any bacterial buildup from food particles and gently scrub away surface stains.

Soak Overnight

Dentures last longest if they are soaked in a special denture solution overnight. The material needs to stay supple in order to fit snugly in your mouth, and soaking dentures keeps them from drying out or becoming too brittle.

Visit the Dentist

Sometimes dentures may need to be adjusted or repaired. If your dentures need some extra TLC, pay a visit to the dentist for assistance. At-home denture repair kits are ineffectual and may even contain dangerous non-dentist-approved glues. If there’s a problem with your appliance, it’s always best to visit the dentist first.

Your Dental Care Starts Here

At Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry, we prioritize high-quality patient care above all else. From routine cleanings, to cosmetic solutions, to restorative treatments, our team is here to provide you with a stress-free experience. Our state-of-the-art offices are equipped with the latest in dental health technology, and are optimized for patient comfort and safety. Ready to transform your smile? Contact Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your first appointment.