A removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient and can replace one or more missing teeth. A natural appearance and speech clarity is restored along with the ability to eat more efficiently.
Partial Denture Types and Materials
Partial dentures are created out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic. A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture and every effort is made to construct a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues.
Jay Elbrecht, DDS will design your partial denture so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface are of the remaining teeth and soft tissues. Changes to your remaining teeth may be recommended to help equalize these forces.
Metal partials are generally preferred as they are structurally superior. They are thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional or temporary partial. Jay Elbrecht, DDS will consult with you to determine the appropriate partial for your situation.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture may help limit movement of your existing natural teeth. They also allow you to better grind and chew food improving digestion.
How to clean partial dentures
Dentures should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush after each meal. When cleaning your partial dentures, avoid using hot water or regular toothpaste as it can cause damage to the structure and/or surface of your dentures. Brush your dentures like you would brush your natural teeth.
Are partial dentures uncomfortable?
Your partial dentures may feel a bit uncomfortable at first. But as you get used to them they will feel more natural. If they don’t, contact Dr. Elbrecht to schedule an appointment to find out why.
Do partial dentures damage other teeth?
Partial dentures are comparable to dental bridges because the replacement teeth are attached to the gums and connected by a wire. Due to this, it is important that they are made to perfectly fit your teeth to prevent damage to the natural teeth.