Partial dentures are removable oral prosthetics used to improve aesthetics and restore lost function caused by missing teeth. A partial works similarly to a bridge, resting on the teeth that surround the space where missing teeth once stood. The replacement teeth are attached to a plastic or acrylic base that resembles the appearance of gums. Partial dentures are custom tailored for each dental patient, providing an inconspicuous and natural-looking smile.
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Because partial dentures are removable, they require daily maintenance and cleaning with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many patients find denture care to be simple and uncomplicated, although there are a few simple rules to follow. This includes keeping the denture moist at all times, as well as avoiding exposure to very hot temperatures that could alter the shape and fit of the denture. A misshapen denture can be uncomfortable and may also come loose during wear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for partial dentures?
If you have one or more missing teeth, you are likely a candidate for a partial denture. You must have at least one remaining tooth in the upper or lower jaw to qualify for a partial denture. Contact our office for more information about partials or to find out if this could be a possible tooth replacement solution for you.
What should I expect when being fit for partial dentures?
The process of getting a partial denture requires multiple dental visits. During the initial consultation, your dentist will determine your eligibility for dental prosthetics. Metal clasps will be attached to your anchor teeth and an impression taken of the area your partial will fill. You will return at a later date to have your newly fabricated denture fitted.
How long will my partials last?
Partial dentures can last many years when properly cleaned, stored, and cared for. However, it is important to have your partial denture inspected at every dental check-up. Over time, natural bone deterioration beneath the gum line may cause your denture to lose its fit. Talk to your dentist if you think your partial needs a new base to better fit your smile.