What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are usually made to replace one or more teeth. They can be made entirely from plastic, or from a mixture of plastic and light alloy. They are attached to your remaining natural teeth with metal clasps or flexible tooth coloured clasps. Precision attachments can also be used which are much more discreet than clasping.
Why is it important to have missing teeth replaced?
The health of your remaining teeth may suffer if some of your teeth are missing. They can change position and move into the gaps. Partial dentures prevent your natural teeth from shifting and moving into unsightly positions. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support, improving the overall health of your mouth.
What are the benefits of metal alloy partial dentures?
Metal alloy partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of chromium cobalt and are much stronger than plastic ones. They are also more comfortable to wear and won't damage the gums surrounding the teeth that they are attached to, which can sometimes happen with plastic partial dentures. The metal base of the partial denture is used to hold the gum coloured plastic base, so they look very natural and discreet.
Why would I need to see a Dentist as well?
To plan your treatment correctly your CDT/Denturist together with the Dentist will need to consider any possible complications that might require treatment now and in the future. Together the Dentist and CDT/Denturist would also consider what dental treatment may be needed to prepare your mouth for a new partial denture. You may have gum disease present and this may have a bearing on a new partial denture
They will agree which of your remaining natural teeth can be used to retain your denture and which type of partial denture design would be best for you.
Are there other methods for fixing false teeth?
There are other methods, such as using a combination of crowns and partial dentures that can keep the retaining clasps out of sight. These are quite specialized dentures, so you should ask your CDT/Denturist about them.
How do you take care of them?
You need to remove and brush your denture every day to remove plaque and food particles. Regular brushing will also help to prevent the buildup of stains. It is better to use a brush that is specifically made for cleaning dentures because they have softer bristles that are designed to fit the shape of the dentures. You must always be gentle when you clean them to avoid damaging the base or clasps. It is also important to brush and floss your remaining natural teeth twice a day to prevent decay. Special attention should be given to the teeth that the denture's metal clasps are attached to, as plaque may build up if you are not careful.
How long will my dentures last?
So long as you treat your dentures well, they should last several years. However, your dentures will need to be relined or re-made due to normal wear or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose dentures can cause health problems, including sores and infections, not to mention discomfort. A loose or ill-fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or poorly fitting dentures before they cause problems.
Are dentures my only option?
No. Implants are another option to consider. Ask our CDT/Denturist for more information on this. You will find more information in our Implants Denture page.