Types, Benefits, and Maintenance of Partial Dentures

Types, Benefits, and Maintenance of Partial Dentures

Jul 05, 2021

Losing your natural teeth leaves a gap that puts strain on the teeth on either side and changes your physical appearance. At Advanced Dental, missing teeth may be replaced with partial dentures, fixed bridges, or dental implants.

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance used when you lack the required teeth to support a bridge. It restores the form and function of your jaw by replacing your missing natural teeth with artificial teeth.

These gum-colored removable dental appliances are strong and natural-looking since they are made of metal and acrylic. The dentures are kept in the mouth using clasps and are removed for cleaning and while sleeping.

Types of Partial Dentures

A Temporary Denture

It is also known as a flipper tooth and is used to replace a tooth immediately after extraction. A flipper tooth is a temporary denture supported entirely by the gums used for aesthetic purposes.

Conventional Removable Partial Dentures

They are used to replace a tooth or teeth that are missing. These dentures have clasps that keep them secure by wrapping around healthy teeth.

Factors That Determine the Type of Partial Dentures Required

The dentist who places Partial dentures in Berlin and Cromwell, CT, will consider some factors before fitting you with a partial denture. Some of them are:

  1. The location of the gap caused by your missing teeth Partial dentures for front teeth and back teeth are made of different materials. This is because the anterior teeth require being aesthetically pleasing while the posterior teeth need to be strong for chewing.
  2. The number of missing teeth to be replaced A partial denture can replace three or more missing teeth that are adjacent to each other.
  3. The materials used A partial denture may be made of metal, plastic, cobalt, chromium, or polymers.
  4. The durability of the dentures A temporary denture is used after the extraction of damaged or decayed teeth as permanent partial dentures are being designed and made.
  5. Cost The amount you want to spend on teeth replacement differs based on the materials used, the method of creating the dentures, and the number of teeth to be replaced.
  6. Allergies Patients may be allergic to the metal or acrylic used in making dentures.

Procedure for Partial Dentures

After considering the factors above, your dentist or prosthodontist will determine the type and materials of partial denture suitable for you. The dentist will make impressions of your jaw, carefully measuring the space in between your teeth. These impressions are used to create models you put on to determine the correct fit, color, and shape before a final partial denture is made. The final denture will be adjusted to fit comfortably in your mouth.

Benefits of Removable Partial Dentures

  1. Patients can replace multiple teeth in a less invasive way compared to other tooth replacement options.
  2.  Your dentist may add more artificial teeth to the denture over time.
  3. The remaining natural teeth can be saved by using partial removable dentures.
  4. Missing teeth cause a change in your bite pressure and lead to bad bites. These are rectified using partial dentures.
  5. A partial denture keeps your gum, jaw bone, and facial muscles active and engaged. It prevents teeth from shifting into the gap caused by the missing teeth and altering your physical appearance.
  6.  They are a less expensive method of teeth replacement.
  7. Partial dentures are easy to clean and maintain.
  8. They restore your beauty and functionality.

Maintenance of Partial Removable Dentures

i. Do not use toothpaste or abrasive cleaners to clean your dentures as they are too harsh on them.

ii. Use recommended dental cleansers or soap and water to clean your dentures.

iii. Clean your dentures over a folded towel or a sink full of water so that they do not break when you drop them accidentally.

iv. Thoroughly rinse your dentures before putting them in your mouth.

v. Remove the dentures and keep them moist by placing them in water or a saturated solution. This ensures that they are in good shape.

vi. Use a soft-bristled brush daily to remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures.

vii. Brush the surface of the denture gently so that the plastic or its attachments are not damaged.

viii. Rinse your dentures to remove all loose food particles.

ix. Take your dentures to the dentist for adjusting as your mouth changes over time, causing the bones and gums to shrink. A poorly fitting denture may cause sores or infections.

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