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What to Know About Partial Dentures

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Despite improvements in dental care, experts estimate that close 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and millions of Americans are missing all of their teeth. Whether from injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, missing teeth can be a frustrating problem to deal with. If you're missing some but not all of your teeth, partial dentures provide an effective solution for restoring your smile and the function of your teeth.
If you're considering getting partial dentures, here's what you need to know. 

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are artificial teeth that replace your missing teeth. Just like traditional dentures, partial dentures are removable. The dentures fit in your mouth and are supported by your gums. They typically have clasps that help keep them secure in your mouth. Your removable dentures will have space in them to allow your remaining teeth to continue to function. Your dentist will ensure that they fit properly so that biting force is distributed evenly and the irritation to your gums is minimal. 

Benefits of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures offer the following benefits:
  • Function: Your dentures will make it easier to chew and may improve your speech. Missing teeth can make it challenging to say certain words. With your partial dentures in place, your speaking ability will feel more natural.
  • Confidence: Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about speaking with others face-to-face. With your missing teeth replaced, you'll feel good and confident in social interactions.  
  • Noninvasive treatments: Compared to other options for tooth replacement, which may involve surgery, partial dentures are less invasive. 
  • Oral Health: Your partial dentures will help protect your gums and help ensure that your remaining teeth don't drift into the empty spaces of your missing teeth.
  • Low Costs: If you have a limited budget, partial dentures are a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth.
These are just a few benefits of partial dentures. Talk to your doctor about other benefits that may interest you. 

Care for Partial Dentures

Just like your regular teeth, you need to take care of your dentures. Initially, the main goal is to ensure that you have the right fit. For this reason, your dentist may require you to keep your dentures in for an extended period of time. Let your provider know if the dentures are causing pain in any areas of your mouth so that your dentures can be adjusted. Here are some tips for caring for your partial dentures:
  • Soaking: Remove your dentures at night and soak them in a denture cleaning solution overnight. This will help loosen particles and keep your dentures clean.
  • Cleaning: Just like with your regular teeth, you need to brush your dentures twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste made specifically for dentures.  
  • Evaluating: Check your dentures regularly for any chips or problems. If you spot any issues, make an appointment to see your dentist. 
With proper care, your dentures will provide long-lasting tooth replacement. 

Adjustments to Partial Dentures

If this is your first time wearing dentures, they may feel awkward at first. This is perfectly normal. After a brief time, they will begin to feel more natural. 
You may have trouble inserting and removing your dentures when you first get them. Your dentist will provide instructions and show you the proper technique. With some practice, you'll be able to take them out and put them in with ease. 
Because your dentures are resting on and being supported by your gums, you may experience some soreness and irritation initially. This shouldn't be severe or cause major issues. If you're having significant problems, contact your dentist. This may mean that your fit needs to be adjusted. 
For all of your denture needs, contact Palmetto Denture Care, PA