Partial dentures are used to replace multiple teeth (not all teeth). Partial dentures can be attached through a variety of different methods and they can also be made out of different material. The partial denture you will have will be dependent on your exact needs and requirements.
One common method of attaching the denture is by using clasps. These are hooked on to the existing teeth that are either side of the gap. These clasps can unfortunately loosen quite easy. The better fitting a denture will be will also mean it is a more costly treatment – but it will give you a better lifestyle.
Bridge dentures are also available and they are a fixed partial denture. They require teeth either side of a gap to be bridged (the gap cannot be too big). For the new crowns to fit, your remaining teeth may need to be slightly grounded.
The different types of material that can be used to make these dentures are metal or acrylic. The metal dentures tend to be more expensive but they do offer better durability and comfortably, whilst looking more natural.
Why Will I Need a Partial Denture?
This type of denture is best suited when one or a few teeth are missing. It is vital that any gap is filled, because your remaining teeth will start to become loose and shift, which can cause further complications.
If you are having a tooth extracted, the dentist will always discuss with you all the suitable options there are to replace the newly created gap. If you decide on a partial denture, the dentist will take an impression which will be sent to our dental labs. They will then create a custom made partial denture to your exact measurements and send it back to our clinic.
At first it will appear that the denture is hard to wear and may not be the most comfortable. During this stage though, it is very important you wear the denture as much as possible (to stop any shifting of the surrounding teeth). Your teeth will then start to stabilise themselves and you will be able to wear the denture occasionally, as your mouth has adapted to the changes.
If any discomfort continues, do not hesitate to visit your dentist at your earliest convenience. An adjustment to the denture can easily solve most problems!
Keeping your dentures clean is just as important as keeping your natural teeth clean. This will help protect them from bacteria and will ensure they last longer.
When cleaning please take every precaution to ensure the dentures do not fall from high places. They can easily be broken or chipped. When cleaning, it is recommended to have a towel beneath them. When you are not wearing them, they should be stored safely in a container (with water). At all times the dentures need to stay moist.