Partial dentures are a great option to replace missing teeth. A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that snaps down on top of your remaining good teeth, which means you must have some solid teeth left. These solid teeth will be the anchor for the new partial and it will be important that you take care of these teeth in the future so that your partial can still attach to them.
Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. The acrylic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to the natural teeth. This holds the denture in place.
Advantages of Partial Dentures:
- Improves speech that has been affected by missing teeth
- Supports cheeks and lips so face does not sag
- Easier to chew your food
Disadvantages of Partial Dentures:
- Partial dentures may need relined in time as bone changes under the denture
- Partial dentures can break and need repaired
- If an important relying tooth is lost, you may need to go to a full denture
It will take practice to put in and take out a removable partial denture. It may feel tight or odd for the first few weeks. Never force the denture by biting down. This could cause it to break the clasps or damage your teeth. Contact your dentists for any adjustments. Eating will take practice as well. Begin by eating soft foods, chew on both sides of your mouth, and do not eat sticky or hard foods, and do not chew gum.
Like natural teeth, you must take good care of your removable partial denture. Clean and rinse off food particles daily. Brush gently with a special brush made for dentures, or use a soft bristle toothbrush. Do not use toothpaste, but instead use special dental cleansers. Natural teeth can be brushed with fluoride toothpaste. Keep your partial denture in water or dental soaking solution when you are not wearing it.
Custom, natural-looking partial dentures, created just for you, can help you smile confidently again.