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 metal. They are attached to your remaining natural teeth gap with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments,’ which are much more discreet than metal clasps.
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. 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, improving the overall health of your mouth.
What are the Benefits of Metal Partial Dentures? Metal partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of chromium and cobalt and are much stronger than plastic ones. They are also more comfortable to wear and won’t damage the natural teeth that they are attached to, which can sometimes happen with plastic partial dentures. The metal base of the partial denture is covered with a gum colored plastic, 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 and it works in exactly the same way as your natural teeth. It will solve the problems associated with missing teeth, allowing you to speak and eat normally again. The partial denture should usually be removed every night, but initially the dentist may ask you to keep it in all the time, in order to determine whether it needs adjusting. You should follow the dentist’s instructions 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 brush your denture every day to remove plaque and food particles. Regular brushing will help to prevent the build up of stains and tartar. It is better to use a brush that is specifically made for cleaning dentures because they have 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 not longer fit comfortably. If this is the case, you should visit the dentist. You must also go to the dentist immediately if your denture becomes damaged or your have any problems with your other teeth.