Partial dentures are a form of restorative dentistry used when only a few teeth need to be replaced. This treatment option can help you regain a healthy smile and comfort in day-to-day life.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are dental appliances that are used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. This appliance can be removable or can be anchored in place by being attached to dental implants. Partial dentures not only recreate the appearance of a full, healthy smile, but also restore the jaw’s regular appearance and function.
For people with one or more missing teeth, partial dentures can amend several oral problems. For one, when you have teeth missing, the pressure of your bite changes in your mouth. This could cause other teeth to shift, and the tissue and bone supporting your teeth may start to shrink. A partial denture will re-engage the muscles, bones, and gums that support your mouth while keeping other teeth from shifting. Over time, if you have missing teeth, you’ll enjoy better oral health with a partial denture.
What to Expect with Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are made up of false teeth and a gum-colored base, which is typically made of biocompatible plastic. This dental appliance is designed to appear as natural as possible — people won’t even notice that you’re wearing dentures.
Additionally, removable partial dentures either attach to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that’s attached to the natural teeth on both sides of the partial denture. Crowns or a metal framework improve the look and fit of partial dentures.
At first, your partial denture may feel uncomfortable and heavy. Rest assured that your mouth will quickly get accustomed to the appliance, and it will start to feel natural. For the best results, follow all of the care instructions provided by your dentist. It’s important to clean your partial denture regularly to maintain good oral hygiene. Also, while it may take time to get used to putting in and taking out your denture, it should fit into your mouth relatively easily and comfortably.
A partial denture will improve your ability to eat and speak comfortably. After getting a partial denture, start with soft foods that are easy to chew. Once you get used to the partial denture, you can start eating all of your favorite foods with ease.
If you’re missing one or multiple teeth and are interested in the benefits of a partial denture, contact us today.