Restore Your Smile and Improve Oral Function with Partial Dentures
These removable appliances consist of replacement teeth affixed to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your specific needs, your dentist will design a partial denture tailored to your unique oral structure. There are various types of partial dentures, some with metal frameworks and clasps for connecting to your teeth, while others feature more natural-looking connectors like precision attachments, which are esthetically appealing.
Crowns on natural teeth might be required to ensure a proper fit for your removable partial denture, especially when using attachments. While precision attachments typically come with a higher cost compared to clasps, the benefits they offer in terms of appearance and functionality are well worth considering. Consult with your dentist to determine which type of partial denture suits you best.
What to Expect with Partial Dentures
- Initially, your new partial denture may feel a bit awkward or bulky. However, you’ll gradually get accustomed to wearing it.
- Practice inserting and removing the partial denture to become more comfortable with the process.
- Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully. Never force the partial denture into place by biting down, as this could damage the clasps.
- You may be asked to wear the partial denture all the time initially to identify areas that may need adjustments. Your dentist will make necessary modifications for a comfortable fit.
- Eating with dentures should become more pleasant over time. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces and chew on both sides of your mouth to evenly distribute pressure. Avoid extremely sticky or hard foods during the adjustment period.
- Partial dentures can improve your speech. Practice reading out loud to overcome any initial difficulty in pronunciation.
Proper Denture Care
- Use a denture cleaner recommended by your dentist, preferably one with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- When cleaning your partial denture, stand over a folded towel or sink of water to prevent damage in case of accidental dropping.
- Avoid using toothpaste or harsh household cleaners, as they can be too abrasive for dentures.
- Brush your denture daily to remove food deposits and plaque, preserving its appearance.
- Use a denture brush specifically designed to fit the denture’s shape. A soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable.
- Rinse your denture thoroughly before wearing it.
- Keep your denture moist when not in use by placing it in a soaking solution or water.
Adjustments and Repairs
- Over time, your mouth may change due to aging, affecting the fit of your denture. Regular adjustments by your dentist may be necessary.
- Poorly fitting dentures can lead to discomfort, sores, or infections. If your denture becomes loose, promptly consult your dentist for adjustments.
- Avoid attempting DIY adjustments or repairs, as this can cause serious harm to both your denture and oral health. Over-the-counter glues may contain harmful chemicals not suitable for denture repair. Contact your dentist for professional adjustments and repairs, which can often be done on the same day. More complex repairs may require specialized dental laboratory work.
For any issues with your partial denture or to ensure its proper fit, schedule regular dental checkups. Trust your dentist to deliver personalized care and keep your smile shining bright with well-maintained partial dentures.
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1200 Main Street - La Crosse, WI 54601