Losing multiple teeth from your mouth can shatter your confidence. It can be a grand twist in your life, impacting it in various manners. You restrict yourself from laughing whole-heartedly, eating properly, and can even dealing with speech impairment. Our Dr. Mohammad Moridnia at Brenham Family Dental and Orthodontics can ease your life. Dr. MO performs a wide range of dental procedures and is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA). Read on to find out more about partial dentures.
What is a Partial Denture?
Partial dentures are removable cosmetic devices capable of replacing multiple missing teeth in your mouth. They improve your eating and speech functions as well as protect your other teeth from shifting places to fill the gaps.
A partial denture is crafted with replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that resembles a human gum. A metal clasp is used to attach it in place inside the mouth. For a more natural appearance a precision denture is crafted with internal attachments rather than a clasp, these internal attachments are linked to the neighboring crowns.
What are The Three Types of Partial Dentures?
The availability of a variety of materials and crafting methods gives you a range of partial denture options. Let’s check on what grounds these denture kinds differ from each other.
1. Flexible Dentures
These kinds of partial dentures are crafted with lightweight thermoplastic and invisible metal clips. They are usually bulkier to avoid breakage so you have to put them into warm water to soften them before fitting in your mouth.
2. Cast Metal Removable Partial Dentures
These dentures are made of a metal frame that retains the fake teeth together. This metal frame is further concealed with a plastic coating that infuses with the gums. It sticks to the natural teeth with the help of a metal clip.
3. Acrylic Removable Partial Dentures
They are also known as “flippers” and are super easy to place and remove, they are prone to breaking due to their lightweight. You can consider them if you are low on budget, their bulkiness is the reason they are worn as a temporary option. However, some individuals find them quite comfortable.
How Long Does a Partial Denture Last?
The life span of these useful dental devices ranges from 10 to 15 years. However, you can increase this duration if you take care of them like your natural teeth. Brush them regularly with fluoride toothpaste, floss twice a day, and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
It is compulsory to remove your partial dentures and clean them every day, as with time they can resorb bone and become loose. This leaves a gap and provides room for food particles to glide in and get trapped, leading to unstoppable bacterial growth and affecting the anchoring teeth as well. You can also avoid certain hard, sticky, and chewy foods to increase their longevity.
Partial dentures are one of the greatest innovation in dentistry as it allows individuals with multiple missing teeth to eat and speak properly and live their life peacefully. So if you are also missing a few teeth, now is the right time to ease your life.