Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a device that replaces missing teeth. They are held in place by clasps that fit around existing teeth. Partial dentures are removable, but many patients find that they are easier to clean than fixed bridges. At Kiley A. Smith, DDS, they are a good solution for many 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 made to fit your smile comfortably. This means they are custom-fabricated just for you. Your dentist will take impressions of your smile and send them to a dental lab. There, your partial denture will be fabricated. This means that a plastic partial denture base is made and shaded to look natural against your remaining natural teeth. Then, your dental team will add tooth-like acrylic teeth to the partial denture base. Once completed, 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. The dentist may place small metal clasps onto the natural teeth to attach the denture.

The Benefits of Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and fills the space left from a missing tooth. The partial denture comprises a plastic base with artificial teeth on top. Partial dentures can come in metal and acrylic. The acrylic partial denture is more comfortable and natural in appearance. However, the metal partial denture is more durable and more 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. This will ensure it’s clean while you sleep. When removing your partial denture, place a towel on the counter or sink to prevent your partial from breaking or chipping. Also, be careful when handling your partial denture. Avoid dropping it or letting it slip out of your hands. Soak 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.