Partial dentures are one type of dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. In most cases, partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth, however they can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Like complete dentures, partial dentures are made using gum-colored plastics. They can connect to the teeth using a metal framework with metal clasps or with the aesthetic precision attachments. Precision attachments have internal attachments that require dental crowns placed on the natural teeth. Either way, partial dentures can restore the visual appearance and function of a missing tooth.
Did You Know?
Just like traditional, complete dentures, partial dentures are not fixed into the mouth and can be removed. Often times, they are worn full-time and only removed at night, however your Saratoga dentist will provide you with information on how often to wear your partial.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for Partial Dentures?
You may be a candidate for partial dentures if you have multiple missing teeth and are looking for a restoration method. To qualify for partial dentures, it is essential to have intact teeth or dental restorations on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth. To find out if partial dentures are the best restorative dental prosthesis for you, schedule a consultation with your Saratoga dentist, Dr. Perry Woo today!
What can I expect when being fit for a partial denture at my Saratoga dental office?
When being fit for a partial denture, you can expect to have a dental impression or oral scan taken to determine the exact measurements needed to fabricate the denture. Often times, a temporary restoration is used as a model to check for fit, shape, and color. This model will then be adjusted as needed before fabricating the final restoration. The final denture will then be cast and minor adjustments will be made as necessary.
What can I expect after having my partial denture placed?
After your partial denture has been placed, you can expect a period of adjustment. In the beginning, many people note that their partial can feel bulky, awkward, or uncomfortable. This is normal and will improve within a few weeks of wearing it. Some people also notice that it affects their speech. An easy way to overcome this is to practice saying certain things out loud and eventually you will learn how to speak properly while wearing your partial denture.
When it comes to food, it is encouraged to start off with soft food cut into small pieces. Foods that are excessively hard or chewy may be difficult to chew when you are first adjusting to your partial denture. Gum may also be difficult and should be avoided. As you adjust to your new partial, eating will get much easier.
How do I care for my partial denture?
To care for your partial denture, you will need to clean it daily. It is recommended to use denture solution, mild dish soap, or hand soap, and to avoid using toothpaste or other household cleaners because they are too abrasive. You will also need to use a soft bristled brush, either a toothbrush or a denture cleaning brush. Finally, never use hot water on your denture because this can cause its shape to warp.
While standing over a sink, gently use the brush and denture solution to remove plaque and food deposits from the partial denture. Daily cleanings are important to remove excess bacteria and to prevent the denture from staining. Finally, your partial denture must be kept moist at all times. This means that if you remove it at bedtime, it must be stored in a glass of water or denture solution.