Partial Removable Dentures
You’re probably already familiar with dentures, but when are partial dentures used? The answer is that they are used when you have one or more natural teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw.
If you don’t already know, partial dentures consist of replacement teeth fixated to a plastic base that has a color similar to your gums. This plastic base is then connected to metal framework, whose function is to hold the partial denture in your mouth. Precision attachments are also used to attach these dentures to your existing natural teeth. In most cases, you’ll also need to have crowns added as well.
What is Wearing Dentures Like?
Your partial denture will feel a bit awkward for a few weeks while your mouth gets used to it. Be sure you know how to remove and insert your dentures by practicing a little at first. You should only have to use firm pressure. Be sure never to fit your partial denture in by biting down – it could cause damage you will need to have repaired.
Initially, you will most likely have to wear your partial denture all the time. However, depending on your circumstances, Dr. Hazzouri might recommend you eventually only wear the partial denture for more specific time periods. Most likely, you will simply avoid wearing it while sleeping.
Eating should once again become a pleasure with your new partial dentures. Be sure to practice eating soft foods cut into small pieces before eating foods you are more accustomed to. Make sure you avoid foods that are very sticky or hard.
How do you Care for a Partial Denture?
When removing your denture for brushing, be sure to stand over a folded towel or sink of water, just in case you drop it while removing. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or special denture toothbrush to do the brushing, but be sure to avoid using a hard-bristled brush, as it can damage the denture. Be sure to place your denture in the appropriate soaking solution during the night.
If you need partial dentures, please contact David Hazzouri Dental at 570.961.6030 to schedule a consultation.