Dentures are a common solution to missing teeth, but most people have only heard about full or complete dentures, which replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth. Fewer people know about partial dentures. So you might be wondering, what is a partial denture? As the name suggests, partial dentures only partially replace a set of teeth. Patients who benefit from these devices are only missing some teeth, not all of their teeth. Accordingly, the partial denture only replaces those teeth that are missing. It’s a removable, easy-to-use solution that can help give patients the smile they’ve always dreamed about.
What Is a Partial Denture?
How does it work?
As you can see in the photo above, a partial denture includes replacement teeth and gums (like a complete denture) as well as a metal and/or plastic framework. The framework typically includes metal clasps, which grip neighboring teeth in order to hold the denture securely in place. A partial denture must be precisely fitted to the patient’s mouth in order to stay in place and create a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
What is the preparation like?
Your dentist will evaluate your teeth to check that you’re a good candidate for a partial denture before making an impression of your mouth. After that, your dentist will color match your teeth to ensure that the denture will match your natural teeth perfectly. Finally, the partial denture will be created and adjusted to fit your mouth.
How will it affect my daily life, including eating, speaking, and oral hygiene?
You can eat with your partial denture in, but start slow because you’ll probably need some practice. Use soft foods and small bites until you’ve learned how to eat with your denture. Then, you can gradually introduce harder and trickier foods. However, avoid gum and foods that are sharp, hard, or sticky. In addition, you will need to clean your partial denture with a special cleaning solution to keep it in good shape. Your dentist will give you directions for this. Finally, you will need to practice speaking because some words may become more difficult to pronounce when wearing your denture. Wear your partial denture often and practice speaking, so that this side effect will fade away.
If you’re missing teeth and you’re wondering if a partial denture would complement your smile, contact Wilkinson Dental if you live in (or near) Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Wilkinson can explain the process to you with personalized details and he would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Plus, he can help you compare and contrast other cosmetic solutions for missing teeth, like dental implants, bridges, and Snap-On Smiles. To schedule your consultation, please give us a call at 417-708-0556. We look forward to hearing from you!