If you have a few missing teeth, a partial denture may be the right replacement option for you. Missing teeth present challenges like making chewing or speaking more difficult, and causing your face to appear less structured. Removable partial dentures can improve your daily life by mitigating to eliminating these challenges. They can also help prevent your healthy teeth from shifting into the gaps your missing teeth left.
Partial dentures usually consist of the replacement teeth set in an acrylic base (matching the color of your gums) that is attached to a metal frame. The frame also consists of clasps that hold the partial in place and attach to your natural teeth. To improve the fit, your dentist may recommend placing crowns on the natural teeth that the partial will be attached to.
If you have any missing teeth, a partial denture could be a great fit for you! We encourage you to schedule a free dentures consult to go over your options with our skilled dentist.
How Should I Care For My Removable Dentures?
Removable dentures are a popular solution for patients who have lost several teeth or have experienced widespread tooth loss. Dentures are known to provide a comfortable, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. To make the most out of your dentures investment, it\’s essential to take proper care of your dentures.
Proper care and maintenance steps for removable dentures include the following:
- Brush your dentures daily. Clean your dentures regularly with a soft-bristled brush and mild soap. Do not use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaning products, as they can scratch the surface of the dentures. Rinse your dentures thoroughly with water after brushing.
- Proper storage. Dentures should be kept in a clean, dry place when not used. Soak them in a denture cleaning solution or water to keep them from drying out and losing their shape.
- Handle your dentures gently. Dentures are delicate and should be handled with care.
- Attend your regular dental check-ups. When you use removable dentures, it’s essential to continue visiting your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures are still fitting properly and are in optimal condition.
- Minimize potentially damaging foods. Consumption of hot beverages and hard foods can cause damage to your dentures. Avoid eating excess crunchy or chewy foods, and take caution when drinking hot liquids.
How Long Can I Wear My Removable Dentures?
Custom-crafted removable dentures are designed to last for years, with partial dentures offering a lifespan of up to 15 years. With proper care and maintenance, they can last even longer! Proper oral hygiene and attending regular dental appointments can help prolong the life of your dentures and keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
What Are Common Problems with Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures can replace missing teeth, but like any other dental appliance, they have a certain lifespan and may become damaged. Some of the most common issues associated with partial dentures include the following:
- Loose Fit – Over time, your gums and jawbone can change, causing your partial dentures to lose. This can be solved by visiting your dentist to assess the fit of your denture, and replacing it if necessary.
- Pain or Discomfort – If you experience pain or discomfort when wearing your partial denture, this may be due to improper fit or poor design. You may need to have the denture adjusted or refitted by your dentist.
- Staining – Partial dentures can become stained over time due to food and drink intake, and other common lifestyle factors. You can use mild soap and water to clean your denture regularly, or seek professional cleaning if needed.
- Fractures or Breakage – Accidents can happen, and your partial denture may become broken or fractured. In these cases, it’s important to have your dentures repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If needed, schedule an emergency dentist appointment to have your restoration assessed!
How Should I Clean and Maintain My Partial Dentures?
There are simple, effective steps you can take to maintain the quality of your dentures, including:
- Avoid abrasive cleaning materials – such as hard-bristled brushes, strong cleaners, and rough toothpaste, as these can cause damage to your dentures.
- Steer clear of bleaching products that can weaken the denture and alter its color. This includes soaking dentures with metal attachments in chlorine-containing solutions, as this can cause corrosion to the metal.
- Avoid cleaning the dentures with hot water, as hot water can often alter and deform your dentures\’ shape and fit.
Wondering if partial dentures are right for you? Call Torghele and Schmid Dental today to have your questions answered!