For patients missing only some teeth, partials (partial dentures) may be a cost-effective solution to avoiding more invasive teeth replacement procedures.
Partials are natural-looking acrylic teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic base that can be flexible or contain a metal framework. Removable partials adhere to adjoining (natural) teeth with clasps or precision attachments. Dental crowns may be placed on adjoining teeth to refine the fit of partials so they remain as secure as possible.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
- Partials can significantly improve your smile, clarify your speech and improve your ability to chew properly. Food that is not chewed thoroughly can cause nutritional deficiencies and digestive issues.
- Partial dentures support maintenance of lower and upper jaw functioning. Missing teeth can interfere with jaw positioning that may lead to mandibular joint problems such as TMJ.
- When several teeth are missing, the existing teeth have a tendency to drift towards gaps left by lost teeth or extractions. Drifting causes spaces to emerge between teeth that previously didn’t exist. This creates more spaces in the mouth where food particles can collect and attract bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
- If someone already has a partial and loses another tooth nearby, the existing partial can sometimes be modified to hold another tooth without needing to make a completely new partial.
How Patients are Fitted for Partials
- Since partial dentures rest on the natural teeth, gums and bone, Dr. Rinando will make sure oral conditions are optimal for wearing of partials by initiating specific dental treatments if necessary.
- Impressions are made of the patient’s upper and lower jaw to provide dimensions needed to craft customized partials.
- Dental crowns are established if needed to hold a partial more securely
- When the partial is ready, the patient will come to 6th Sense Dental to be fitted with their partial. At this time, Dr. Rinando can closely examine dimensional aspects of the partial and determine whether any adjustments are needed.
- Patients should never try to adjust a partial at home or force a partial into another position. This could cause the clasps to break or bend.
Care of Partial Dentures
- Always remove food particles and stains from partials as soon as possible. Brushing the entire partial and not just the teeth is essential to keeping it clean and fresh-smelling. Use a toothbrush with medium-strength bristles or a denture brush available at most pharmacies.
- Do not hold a partial by its clasps when cleaning it; they could easily bend or break.
- Soaking solutions formulated for denture cleansing, toothpaste for dentures, and creams can all be used safely on partials. Keep partials wet (preferably in a soaking or denture-cleaning solution) when they are not being worn. Partials left to dry out may alter their shape. Never put partials in bleach solutions or hot water.
Rapid advances in the technology involving naturalistic enamel shading and digitally optimized blueprints further enhance the functionality, comfort and durability of removable partials. Patients opting for partial dentures are sure to experience the satisfactory benefits of this specialized, tooth replacement appliance for many years by properly caring for the partial and their oral health.