A partial denture can be
made when one or more of your natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw to
anchor the partial to. This removable partial usually consist of
replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are
connected by a metal framework.
Your missing teeth are replaced by the teeth on
the partial denture. The partial denture than attaches to your natural teeth with
metal clasps. These metal clasps are hook-like structures that help hold
it in place.
This process can take
between three to four appointments.
Recent studies have shown that the supporting teeth of a
partial denture are at a substantially greater risk of being
lost than if the patient had an permanent bridge. 92%
of the adjacent teeth restored with a permanent bridge were
intact and only 56% of adjacent teeth with a removable partial
denture were intact. This could be because metal clasps tend
to trap food, plaque and debris that could lead to damage and
loss. This is a good reason to keep your regular recare
exam visits so we can work together to help you keep these supporting
Permanent bridge or implants can replace missing teeth, but this
is not always possible. Weakness or lack of teeth, inadequate
bone support and economic considerations are all reasons that
may affect your choices.
They are not for
people who smoke, smoking will stain them. They are hard
to repair if anything goes wrong or you need to add a tooth.
However many people love the feel of them.
placement appointment we will provide you with a guarantee that we will
adjust your partial for six months after placement at no charge.
(picture courtesy of Bothell Dental lab)
How do you wear a removable
Removable partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth
with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
How long will it take to get used to wearing a partial
Your partial denture may feel awkward or bulky for the first few
weeks, but your mouth will eventually get used to it.
How long should you wear a partial denture?
Initially, you may want to wear your partial denture all the
time. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how
long it should be worn and when it should be removed. Generally,
your mouth tissues need to rest so it is advisable that you take
out your partial denture at least 15 minutes per day.
Will the partial denture change the way you speak?
Your partial denture may help your speech. It can be difficult
to speak clearly when you are missing teeth.
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