Partial Dentures Explained

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If you have some missing teeth and still have some healthy teeth remaining on your upper or lower jaw, a full set of dentures won't be right for you. When some healthy teeth remain and you want to maintain the structure of your mouth and enhance your smile, partial dentures can be a great solution. This type of denture can be used to replace multiple teeth and preserve your ability to enjoy a wide range of foods. Like full denture sets, partial dentures are usually removed at night and they are cleaned with a soft brush and dentures cleaning solution.

Types Of Partial Dentures

There are two main types of partial dentures and your options will be based on the health of your remaining teeth, your budget and your personal preference. Clasp dentures require healthy adjacent teeth and are held in place with a thin metal clasp that's inserted over the adjacent teeth. The clasps are discreet, but may at times be visible, such as when yawning, depending on the location of the dentures. Overdentures are used alongside dental implants and are attached to an implant at either side of the denture. They are considered to offer a secure fit, but you need to have a healthy and strong jawbone to be able to have the implants fitted. If you've been missing teeth for a long period of time, your jawbone can degrade, so those who've only recently lost their teeth tend to be most suitable for overdentures.

The Fitting Process

Being fitted for partial dentures will require a few different appointments. An in-depth oral exam with X-rays will be required to assess the health of your mouth. If there are any remaining root tips from your extractions, these will need to be removed to prevent friction when wearing your dentures. Dental impressions will then be made of your mouth to ensure your custom-made partial dentures fit well and your bite is correct when wearing your dentures. Once your dentures have been made, you will attend an appointment to try them on and determine whether any minor adjustments are required. It's normal to take some time to get used to wearing partial dentures, but if you're experiencing any pain or feel like the dentures are rubbing against your gums, contact your dentist and have them adjusted for maximum comfort.

Partial dentures can be made to match the shape and shade of your existing teeth. They are easy to put in and clean and prevent your remaining natural teeth from moving out of position. If you're interested in partial dentures, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss your options. 

For more info, contact a local clinic like Kurrajong Denture Clinic.


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