Partials and Dentures
Removable Partials and Dentures
Do you need to replace a few missing teeth or an entire upper or lower arch? When you lose some of your teeth or all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Partials and Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile and improve the look of your smile. With your custom made partial or denture, you can enjoy improved appearance and functionality.
As its name describes, a removable partial denture can easily be taken in and out of the mouth for cleaning. Partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. The plastic base may cover a metal framework. We also provide a metal free option for partials with a specialty lab and along with no clasps. Most partials will have a metal clasp that will connect to your natural teeth. Sometimes the teeth that attach the partial may need a Crown to improve the way a removeable partial denture fits or attaches to your teeth.
It takes practice to put in and take out a removeable partial denture. It may feel odd or tight for the first few weeks. But in time you should get used to it. Never force it into place by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps. Also food can trap under the partial when eating causing sore spots, try to remove the partial and rinse it off as soon as possible.
Initially follow up visits may be needed to check for sore spots or pressure points and adjust the partial. Over time appointments may be needed as your mouth changes and your removeable partial denture may no longer fit well. Sometimes the dentist may need to do a soft reline, or send out for a permanent reline. Also the partials can chip or break or loose teeth. In most cases the dental lab can accommodate a repair on the partial in a timely manner.
We always recommend to bring your partial(s) to your recare appointments so the hygienist can professionally clean them and the dentist can check for proper fit during the exam.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted.
Types of Dentures:
Conventional~ This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
Immediate~ This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
Overdenture~ Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist.
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your dentist.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures so they don't get scratched.
When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly—including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.
When you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from warping.
Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed. Your dentist can recommend appropriate cleansers and adhesives.
If you have any questions about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, please contact us to get an appointment for an evaluation and a repair if needed.
Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, too. The dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly.
We also offer implant-supported partials and dentures for improved stability and comfort. Call us today to learn more about restoring what you’ve lost.
Even the best preventive oral health defenses sometimes fail. When tooth decay, gum disease, dental trauma or any other oral health care issues breakdown preventive dentistry care, our removeable partial and denture services can put the smile back on your face. At Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we believe in restoring every smile back to its natural look and feel. Our dedicated dental care team work hard to give you the most treatment options with state-of-the-art technology in order to enhance and return your smile quickly.
The material contained on this website is offered as information only and not as professional advice. Users should consult their own dental professionals for such advice.