A Removable partial denture is a custom made and naturally looking appliance designed to replace patient’s one or more missing teeth. It helps restore speaking and eating, and fills gaps in the smile. Partial dentures could prevent the face from sagging by providing support for the cheeks and lips where the natural teeth are missing.
Partial Denture Types
A typical partial denture consists of metal framework to which the denture teeth and pink acrylic gum is attached. Metal partial dentures are stronger than the plastic ones, lighter to wear, and more hygienic. Both types may have precision attachments or clasps that keep them secure in the mouth. The clasps may be slightly visible, when you open your mouth, depending on where they’re placed.
A new partial denture may take some getting used to and may feel foreign and bulky in the mouth. Your dentist may even ask you to wear it full time in the beginning. This is done in order to determine if it needs to be adjusted even further, if you’re experiencing soreness. A partial denture is usually removed and cleaned before going to bed until the next morning. With time you will get used to it, and you’ll be able to eat and speak comfortably. Reading out loud is very helpful to improve and restore the speech patterns. While eating, it is recommended to chew on both sides to keep the pressure even. Sticky and hard foods should be avoided.
A partial denture is an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth for both lower and upper jaws. As having a partial denture is still more comfortable than wearing a full denture, your dentist will do his best to help you save your remaining natural teeth to be able to support a partial denture that will be designed to perfectly fit and replace your missing teeth. In some cases, he may even recommend getting 1 to 2 implants for an implant-assisted partial denture.
Patients should take extra care when cleaning the partial dentures and the teeth that fit under the clasps. With time, the fit of a partial denture may change and require additional adjustments at the dental office. Some adjustments are completed on the same day but others may require more time. If you notice any changes with your removable partial dentures, including cracks and chips, it is best to call your dentist immediately. At CV Dental Care, we will custom design your partial dentures for perfect comfort, functionality, and beautiful smile.