Things you need to know about partial dentures

Things you need to know about partial dentures

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Partial dentures can replace a few missing teeth but not a whole upper or lower set. Therefore, you must have healthy teeth in your mouth’s upper and lower areas to acquire partial dentures. This article discusses things you need to know about partial dentures, including their varieties and the materials used to make them. If you’ve lost teeth, consult with a dentist to discover if partial dentures are correct for you.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are often removable dentures that replace multiple teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Similarly, partial dentures can keep your remaining teeth in place, which would otherwise shift over time. Moreover, partial dentures are more than just a fashion statement. They can also help you with chewing and speaking.

Furthermore, partial dentures reduce the risk of cavities in nearby healthy teeth because you can brush around them properly. Partial dentures are typically not designed for continuous use. Most dentists advise you to remove and clean your partial dentures at night.

Who needs partial dentures?

You might benefit from partial dentures if you’ve lost several teeth on the top or bottom of your jaw. Some of the factors that contribute to tooth loss include:

  • injury
  • tooth extraction
  • decay

Whatever the reason, maintaining the condition of your remaining teeth is critical. If your teeth are in poor condition, your dentist may advise you to have them extracted and replace them with full dentures. Your dentist will make partial dentures using your remaining teeth.

What are the types of partial dentures?

Partial dentures come in many different materials like:

Metal dentures

Metal dentures contain a thin metal base plate or framework that lies on and around natural teeth, to which denture teeth are attached. Moreover, metal dentures are a more permanent and long-term option and are appropriate for people who live more active lifestyles.

Plastic and polymer

Plastic bases are typically less expensive than metal bases. Moreover, there are certain advantages to using plastic or polymer-based dentures, such as:

  • Pleasing aesthetic look because no metal is visible
  • Ease of manufacture and repair
  • Lightweight and flexible
Flexible dentures

Some people prefer “flexible” dentures as an alternative to partial dentures. These dentures are thin, lightweight thermoplastics with no visible metal clips.

Moreover, you will also insert flexible dentures differently than the other types. The majority of metal and plastic dentures are put directly into your mouth. Furthermore, when using flexible dentures, you should warm them in water for a minute initially to assist the dentures contour to your gums better.

Attachment process

Your dentist typically fits partial dentures using clasps or precise attachments. Clasps are often metal and wrap around at least half of your adjacent teeth to partial dentures.

Precision attachments are designed to be attached to existing teeth or dental implants. Dentists will create precision attachments for each patient, such as crowns to fit over existing teeth.

How to choose the right type of partial denture for yourself?

Your regular dentist makes partial dentures or a dentist who specializes in dentures, also known as a prosthodontist. They consider numerous factors when doing so, including:

  • The anatomy of your teeth, including your hard and soft palate.
  • Your remaining teeth.
  • Your cosmetic objectives

Conclusion

Partial dentures can assist in restoring your smile if you have missing teeth because of tooth loss or an accident. Therefore, consult a dentist about partial denture options to see what is best for you.

Contact your Walnut Creek Dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS at Dental Implant Solutions to learn things you need to know about partial dentures.

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Are Partial And Full Dentures Worth The Cost?

This media/content or any other on this website does not prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. Therefore, we highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition.

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