What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. They can be made entirely from plastic, or from a mixture of plastic and light alloy. They are attached to your remaining natural teeth with metal clasps or flexible tooth coloured clasps. Precision attachments can also be used which are much more discreet than clasping.
Why is it important to have missing teeth replaced?
The health of your remaining teeth may suffer if some of your teeth are missing. They can change position and move into the gaps, which may damage the tissues in your mouth and affect your bite. Also it is difficult to clean in between the gaps of crooked teeth, which increases the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease and may lead to additional tooth loss. Partial dentures prevent your natural teeth from shifting and moving into unsightly positions, improving the overall health of your mouth.
What are the benefits of metal alloy partial dentures?
Metal alloy partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of chromium cobalt and are much stronger than plastic ones. They are also more comfortable to wear and won't damage the gums surrounding the teeth that they are attached to, which can sometimes happen with plastic partial dentures. The metal base of the partial denture is used to hold the gum coloured plastic base, so they look very natural and discreet.
Are partial dentures comfortable to wear?
You will get used to your partial denture after wearing it for a few weeks. It will solve the problems associated with missing teeth, allowing you to speak and eat normally again.
You should follow the instructions you receive about inserting and removing the denture very carefully and should never bite down on it to force it into position. The metal clasps are delicate and may bend or break if subjected to force.
How do you take care of them?
You need to remove and brush your denture every day to remove plaque and food particles. Regular brushing will also help to prevent the buildup of stains. It is better to use a brush that is specifically made for cleaning dentures because they have softer bristles that are designed to fit the shape of the dentures. You must always be gentle when you clean them to avoid damaging the base or clasps. It is also important to brush and floss your remaining natural teeth twice a day to prevent decay. Special attention should be given to the teeth that the denture's metal clasps are attached to, as plaque may build up if you are not careful.
What happens if they need to be adjusted?
Your gums can change shape over time, which means your denture may no longer fit comfortably. If this is the case, you should visit a CDT or Dentists. If your denture becomes damaged or you have any problems with your natural teeth you should also see your denture provider. Never attempt to adjust your denture yourself.