A partial denture is a device that replaces missing teeth. Partials are held in place by clasps that fit around existing teeth. Partial dentures are easy to clean and can be removed, unlike fixed bridges.
At Kiley A. Smith, DDS, we recommend partials to patients who have lost several teeth but are not ready or able to commit to a bridge or full denture.
How Are Partial Dentures Made?
Partial dentures are custom-fabricated just for you. This means they fit your smile comfortably. Our dentist in Temple, TX, will take impressions of your smile and send them to a dental lab where your partial denture will be manufactured.
A partial denture consists of a plastic partial base and artificial teeth made and shaded to look natural against your remaining natural teeth. These artificial teeth are attached to the denture base.
Once it is ready, the partial denture will be inserted into the mouth for a trial fit. The partial denture may need to be adjusted to ensure it is comfortable and functional. After any necessary adjustments are made, the denture is attached to the natural teeth with small metal clasps.
The Benefits of Partial Dentures
A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and fills the empty spaces between remaining natural teeth. A partial denture comprises a plastic base with artificial teeth on top.
Partial dentures can be made from metal or acrylic. Acrylic partial dentures are more comfortable and natural in appearance. However, metal partial dentures are more durable and robust.
Partial dentures are a more conservative option than complete dentures. They also provide a less invasive alternative to dental bridges. Partial dentures are less expensive than full dentures and are removable for easy cleaning.
How to Take Care of a Partial Denture?
Brush your partial denture every day to keep it clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush the partial denture with toothpaste. Soak your partial denture daily. Rinse it thoroughly before soaking it in water or a denture-cleaning solution.
Remove your partial denture every night before you go to sleep and be careful when handling it. Avoid dropping it or letting it slip out of your hands. When removing your partial denture, place a towel on the counter or sink to prevent your partial from breaking or chipping.
Rinse your partial denture after every meal. This will prevent food from getting trapped in the partial denture and causing irritation.
For the best dental care, visit Kiley A. Smith, DDS, at 1005 Marlandwood Rd Suite 104, Temple 76502, or call (254) 791-1010.