Published on October 20, 2022, Updated on October 30, 2022
Published on October 20, 2022, Updated on October 30, 2022
Partial dentures are removable dentures that repair your functional (chewing and biting) and cosmetic concerns associated with having a few missing teeth. They replace two or more missing teeth in your mouth’s upper or lower area. Partial dentures come in two types: removable and fixed. You can put on and remove a detachable partial denture as you like. You won’t need to remove a fixed partial denture because it always stays in the mouth. Dr. Ronald Ayzin at Laguna Dental Center has over 5 years of dentures experience since 2017 and offers professional guidance on the best kind of partial dentures for you.
What are Partial Dentures?
A partial denture is a type of removable dental device that consists of one or more fake teeth and is supported by a base made of plastic or metal that matches the color of your mouth’s roof. One or more missing teeth can be replaced with partial dentures to address the practical and cosmetic problems associated with missing teeth. Additionally, partial dentures are available for people unable to receive a bridge because they do not have enough teeth to support one or when a bridge procedure is not financially feasible.
What are the types of Partial Dentures?
There are 2 types of partial dentures: fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures. You may take a detachable partial denture out of your mouth as you wish. You cannot take out a fixed partial denture since it is fastened in your mouth.
What are Removable Partial Dentures?
A gum-colored acrylic foundation and replacement teeth are the components of a detachable partial denture. It may be removed easily because it is not permanently cemented in your mouth cavity.
- Cast Metal Framework Partial Dentures. A removable partial denture features a cast metal structure with precise attachments and high-quality replaceable teeth.
- Acrylic Clasp Partial Dentures. The least expensive partial denture is the acrylic clasp partial denture, which features detachable acrylic flippers. These should only be used as a temporary fix since they lack aesthetic appeal and are challenging to wear. It employs acrylic clasps, which are less effective than cast metal.
- Flexible Partial Denture. The clasps on a fixed partial denture are gum-colored, which makes them less apparent than acrylic clasps. For people who are allergic to acrylic, there are alternatives available. Although it is more comfortable than acrylic, flexible partial dentures are more expensive than other types of partial dentures; thus, comfort and beauty come at a price.
What are Fixed Partial Dentures?
A row of artificial teeth is mechanically or fastened into place next to the actual teeth in fixed partial dentures, secured by teeth implants. Natural teeth or roots close to the area where lost teeth are to be replaced provide support for the fixed partial denture.
- Fixed Bridge. The neighboring teeth or dental implants are permanent anchors for a fixed bridge. The patient’s adjacent teeth must be in good shape to file down and prepare the tooth so that the crowns can support it.
- Implant-supported Fixed Bridge. A fixed bridge supported by implants employs tiny, biocompatible titanium posts anchored permanently in your mouth. This kind of partial denture is advised for patients who lack neighboring teeth or would prefer not to harm their natural teeth.
How does the Partial Dentures Process Work?
Since partial dentures are produced specifically for you, a process is followed to guarantee that yours fit, look, and operate perfectly. The following steps are commonly included in the partial dentures procedure.
- A dental examination. A dental exam is the first step in establishing the state of your teeth and oral health. We will search for any indications of illness, tooth decay, or prior dental work that could interfere with the fitting of the dentures during the inspection. Before attaching the dentures and removing them, we’ll also check for any teeth that could need to be extracted.
- Making dentures. After determining that you are an ideal candidate for partial dentures and that your gums have fully recovered, we will measure and mold your teeth to guarantee that your dentures fit perfectly. The lab that will construct the dentures according to specifications receives these measurements.
- Fitting the dentures. Once the dentures are finished, you will be summoned to our office for a fitting. You shouldn’t feel discomfort or have any other problems when you wear it. Then, if required, we make changes to your dentures.
You’ll have to get used to wearing your prosthesis for a while. Once you’ve properly adapted to your dentures, you may initially experience some difficulties eating and speaking with them, but they will soon have the same function and control over your teeth.
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How long does it take to get Partial Dentures?
After tooth extraction, it takes six to eight weeks before partial dentures may be fitted. Every patient is different. Before receiving their dentures, some people must wait a few months, while others must wait a few weeks.
What are common problems with Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures might have issues, just like any other dental prosthesis. Some of the typical issues with partial dentures are listed below.
- Early on in the adjustment period, soreness and discomfort are normal. New dentures can contribute to discomfort by rubbing against your mouth and generating pain and irritation.
- It would be challenging to talk correctly when getting acclimated to new dentures since they will feel unusual in the mouth.
- Most patients struggle to eat regularly because they are still getting acclimated to the dentures in their mouths or because their gums are still healing.
- Food particles quickly invade your partials, and bacteria are likely to grow there if they aren’t cleansed right away.
- Slipping dentures are frequent, particularly while your mouth is still getting used to them. When speaking or eating during this period, the dentures are likely to fall out.
Am I a Good Candidate for Partial Dentures?
For those who have lost a few teeth but not all of them, partial dentures are an option. Dentures might not always be the best choice for patients, though. The people who are good candidates for complete dentures are listed below.
- You should have gums and jawbone that are in good condition.
- You are not a candidate for dental implants.
- You have teeth that are decaying, fractured, or damaged.
- You find it difficult to chew food.
- You have low self-esteem because of your missing teeth.
How long do Partial Dentures Last?
Partial dentures last for 15 years, according to the American Dental Association. Your mouth and dentures may experience considerable changes throughout this period, affecting how well they fit and look. Ensure your partial dentures dentist examines your teeth if you’ve been wearing dentures longer than recommended.
What do Partial Dentures look like?
Plates with one or more fake teeth are used in partial dentures. A foundation made of metal or plastic that matches the color of the roof of your mouth holds it all together. It may be fastened to your teeth with clasps or fine attachments. Although you don’t have to remove your partial dentures to eat, it resembles a retainer almost precisely.
How much do Partial Dentures Cost?
Depending on the style of partial denture, the number of teeth, and the location, partial dentures can cost anywhere from $1,400 and $1,800. The price also depends on whether further procedures or tooth extractions are required before the partial dentures are fitted.
How to care for Partial Dentures?
The steps listed below assist in extending the lifespan of your partial dentures.
- Before cleaning, put a soft cloth down or fill the sink with water so it won’t break if you drop it.
- After every meal, rinse your partial under warm water to eliminate plaque and food particles. Using boiling or boiling water can cause the partial dentures to warp and impact how well it fits.
- Regular toothpaste is too abrasive and damages the acrylic, so brush your partial daily with a soft toothbrush or brush and denture paste.
- Use denture cleaning pills to soak your partial dentures in water to help remove minor stains and loosen plaque accumulation.
- After soaking, rinse your partial under warm water before putting it back in your mouth.
- Clean your partials every day to avoid bacterial growth.
What are the disadvantages of Partial Dentures?
The following are common disadvantages of partial dentures.
- The adjustment to partial dentures could take some time.
- It doesn’t perform as well as bridges or dental implants.
- Increased plaque buildup around the abutment teeth and gum line increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
- Placing pressure on your gums while wearing dentures will, over time, resorb your jawbone and wear down your ridges.
FAQs for Partial Dentures
What are the best partial dentures to get?
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Do partials damage teeth?
A removable partial denture can increase plaque on the adjacent teeth, leading to cavities and gum disease if not cared for. Due to constant pressure or movement, they also damage the abutment teeth. But this may be avoided with basic cleanliness practices and partial denture maintenance.
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- Orange County
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