Partial Dentures Explained

partial-denturesIf you no longer have a full set of natural teeth, you are not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million have lost all of their teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s important to see your dentist to discuss restorations that can help you eat and speak normally. One of the most common restoration options is partial dentures.

Partial dentures can help improve your oral health and boost confidence when you smile, but they must be cared for properly to get full benefit from them.

Basic Facts About Partial Dentures

  1. Both partial dentures and fixed bridges can fill a gap in your teeth. However, one crucial difference is that partial dentures are removable. They are held in place by metal clasps or precision attachments and are not intended to stay in your mouth all the time.
  2. Partial dentures require daily care and cleaning. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning your partial dentures using a cleansing solution that has earned the organization’s Seal Of Acceptance. It is also a good idea to brush the surface of the dentures. Use a toothbrush made for dentures or a regular soft-bristled toothbrush.
  3. The fit of your partial dentures is essential to your oral health and comfort. It will take practice to get used to placing and removing your dentures, but contact your dentist if the area of your mouth around the dentures feels sore or if the dentures feel loose when they are in your mouth.
  4. Do not wear damaged partial dentures or attempt DIY repairs. Only a dentist is qualified to evaluate problems such as broken, chipped, or cracked dentures. Using over-the-counter products to fix your partial denture can endanger your health and damage the dentures even further.

“Partial dentures can be a practical way for patients to address tooth loss and maintain their health and confidence,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Our staff can guide you through each step of caring for your dentures, so that they enhance your appearance and ability to enjoy eating, smiling, and speaking.”


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