Dentures are removable and custom-made replacements for missing teeth. Complete or full dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures replace some of them.
What are Partial Dentures Like?
Partial dentures typically consist of artificial teeth connected to plastic bases that are the same color as the patient’s gums. They have connectors of some sort that will attach to the neighboring teeth and keep the denture in place. Some partial dentures can be used with adhesive creams. Denture creams are especially helpful in keeping the denture from slipping while the patient is speaking or eating.
Types of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures can be made from a variety of materials, and each type has benefits. Plastic dentures, for example, are made of impact-resistant plastics. They are less expensive than some other types. They are also comfortable and look natural.
Light alloy dentures are made from a combination of plastic and metal. They cover less gum and teeth than do other dentures, and they also cover less soft tissue in general. Light alloy dentures are also very durable.
Flexible dentures are designed for patients with structural abnormalities in their mouths that make it hard for them to use other types of dentures. Flexible dentures adapt to the shape of the patient’s mouth, and many do not need clasps to keep them in place. It can also be made more quickly than other types.
Hypoallergenic dentures are designed for patients with a history of allergic reactions to the materials used to make more conventional dentures.
Caring for a Partial Denture
Patients with partial dentures will have to take care of them. They will have to clean it every day. After rinsing off the food particles, the patient will have to gently brush their denture. They should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a denture cleaner. They should not use toothpaste, for it can contain abrasives that might damage the denture. When the patient isn’t wearing the denture, they should keep it in water or a denture soaking solution. Otherwise, it will dry out and lose its shape.
While a patient might be able to eat with a partial denture, there are some foods they should either eat carefully or avoid altogether. For example, the patient should avoid sticky foods since they might stick to the denture.
Who is a Good Candidate for Partial Dentures?
Dentures, in general, are designed for people with a lot of missing teeth. If the patient is missing only a few teeth, they might be better served by getting a bridge or dental implants. Partial dentures work best for people who have a row of missing teeth. Candidates for partial dentures do need to have healthy jawbones and gums.
Partial dentures require care to remain effective. The patient must be willing able to take care of both the denture and their remaining teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
To find out if you are a good candidate for partial dentures, contact Implant Dentistry of Virginia today to schedule a consultation at our office in Virginia Beach. Dr. Hogan and his team will evaluate your unique needs to determine the best solution for you.