Partial dentures offer patients an alternative to bridges.
What is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. They rest on a metal framework that can then attach, and detach, from your natural teeth. For a more natural look, some patients opt to have the denture attach via precision attachments that look more aesthetically pleasing.
Why Do I Need a Partial Denture?
Partial dentures can be used in place of bridges. Some patients may not have enough bone to support a fixed bridge. It is important to replace missing teeth to help keep the rest of the teeth in your mouth healthy and in the proper position. The teeth surrounding the spacing will slowly start to shift and turn, which can put pressure on your jaw and may cause pain or discomfort. You can also eat and talk better once you’ve replaced any missing teeth.
How Do I Care for My Partial Denture?
It’s important to take proper care of your partial denture for it to last as long as possible. At the end of each day, your partial denture will need to be removed, rinsed with warm water, and then gently brushed with denture cleaner. Take care to clean all surfaces by using a gentle brushing motion and only use cleaners specific for dentures. Always clean your dentures over a folded towel just in case it drops. Your partial denture is delicate and might break if it drops on the floor. Soak it overnight, or whenever you’re not wearing it, to make sure it doesn’t lose its shape by drying out. It is also important to keep up with good oral hygiene on the rest of your natural teeth.