Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Partial Dentures



A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth. You may consider a removable partial denture to replace the missing teeth, if:
· you have missing teeth
· the remaining teeth cannot accept a fixed bridge
· there is not sufficient bone for implants
· finances are limited

Removable partial dentures have been made by dentists and worn by patients for many years.  Partial dentures are composed of three different materials. A cast metal base with clasping arms holds a pink plastic gum tissue and plastic or porcelain teeth. The metal clasps are silver in color and, depending on the individual circumstances, may or may not be visible when you talk or smile. These clasps are absolutely necessary to hold the partial in place. Their location and design are dictated by the shape and position of your remaining teeth and which missing teeth will be replaced. We will show you where the clasps are to be located in your mouth. Most of the time, the amount of preparation (drilling) of your natural teeth needed to ensure successful clasp design is minimal. Often there is no need for a local anesthetic injection. This is unlike fixed bridgework, which always requires significant tooth reduction for proper design and fit.

If you find that the appearance of the clasps will be objectionable, then you might consider different possibilities. It is common to place crowns on the teeth that are clasped by the metal arms, and then place the clasps inside the crowns. This will give you a more natural appearance, but it will add to the ultimate cost of treatment. It involves significant preparation of the natural tooth and you might also want to rethink about fixed bridges or implants.

The base of the partial denture will rest lightly on your gum tissue. At some time in the future it is expected that you will need adjustments to the base. Usually this means an addition of more pink material to the denture base. Clasp arms will loosen and need to be tightened at various times. Weight loss or gain will also affect the fit of the base of the partial.

Although a partial is less expensive than a fixed bridge, which is metal and porcelain cemented into place, there are several possible drawbacks. It is much more bulky than a bridge and is more difficult to wear initially. You may have to adjust the way you speak to accommodate the extra bulk. After awhile, this will not be much of a problem. And depending on the position of the retaining clasps, they may be visible when you talk or smile.

Do not sleep with the partial dentures in place.  The partial dentures absolutely must be removed during sleep time to be cleaned and give the clasped teeth a chance to rest. The gum tissue under the denture needs a chance to breathe and reestablish proper blood circulation. The partial denture can compress the tissue and reduce blood flow in the area. Plaque can accumulate on your denture and your gum tissue.  Use a very soft toothbrush to gently brush your gums.  Also brush your partial denture daily with a denture brush and denture cleanser.  Always store your partial denture in water when you are not wearing it.

21 comments:

  1. My grandma had partial dentures. She was only missing a few teeth in the back. I think finances were limited for them back then. It might have also been because it wouldn't take a bridge. It was a long time ago, though, so I don't know. http://www.naturaldentureclinic.com.au/resources/custom-made-dentures-in-adelaide.aspx

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    1. Nora, your grandmother probably did have a partial, that is very common and practical. Now a days there are many options that can help people afford full dentures rather than the partials if that is recommended by the dentist. Thank you very much for sharing that with us. If you have any other questions or dental needs, please give us a call.

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  2. I think is great to see that there are so many now technologies has have come out know for those that don't have teeth. Nowadays you can't tell if teeth are fake or real. Everybody can have a good smiling with or without your natural teeth. http://www.accuratedenture.com/Services.html

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    1. Joey, here at Omni we love giving everyone the smile they have always wanted, whether it is on a small scale by just a simple cleaning, or performing more invasive treatments such as a full denture. Technology has come a long way and patients could not be happier.

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  3. As I've gotten older, I've lost a few teeth. I've been thinking a lot about getting dentures. I'm doing as much research as I can to see if they are a good option for me.

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    1. Susan, we are sorry to hear about your teeth loss, but it is very smart to always research first. We can offer you any answers you may need. Please feel free to give us a call anytime and one of our trained staff members will be glad to address any of your dental concerns.

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  4. I had no idea that partial dentures existed! Whenever you think of dentures, you imagine a full set of fake teeth. I think it's so cool that they offer partial sets as well. As my dad has gotten older he has started losing some teeth. Maybe this would be a good solution for him. It's definitely something we should look into. Thanks for the post! http://www.villagegreendentures.com/services-complete-dentures.php

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    1. Tyrone, thank you for sharing your story, this is definitely one of the most popular procedures for our more mature patients. We can answer any questions you or your father may have, please give us a call anytime.

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  5. I've never seen partial dentures like this. I thought I knew what they were, but this picture isn't what I was expecting. This look a lot more comfortable than full dentures, to be honest. I wouldn't mind wearing these, and they don't look hard to remove either. http://www.ottawadentureclinics.net

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  6. Good and precise information about dentures. I wanted to get the procedure done but was unaware about how exactly it is done and if i should really go for it. Now that i am clear about it, i can look forward for my procedure. I also got good information when i searched for dentzz review as i am willing to travel anywhere in India to get the best treatment done. At last it is a big decision and that the effect shall last long.

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  9. Dental dentures are artificial replacements used for your natural teeth and gums. An accident, poor dental health, or disease caused you to have only a few healthy natural teeth or none at all. A dentist can recommend dentures to replace the missing teeth.

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  10. Partial dentures are a type of cosmetic dentistry procedure which are designed to replace missing teeth. Some dentists will refer to the dentures as dental bridges instead. Partial dentures can be fixed or removable, and the type of dentures which you ultimately choose can depend on a lot of different factors.

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  11. Are removable partial dentures comfortable?
    The newer flexible removable partial dentures (RPDs) are being used more and more commonly for temporary ,or on occasion permanent, replacement of missing teeth. These dentures are providing a comfortable and successful alternative to traditional RPDs.Jain Dental Clinic promises to deliver quality dental care treatment in Indirapuram, Dentist in East Delhi

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  12. Are removable partial dentures comfortable?
    The newer flexible removable partial dentures (RPDs) are being used more and more commonly for temporary ,or on occasion permanent, replacement of missing teeth. These dentures are providing a comfortable and successful alternative to traditional RPDs.Jain Dental Clinic promises to deliver quality dental care treatment in Indirapuram, Dentist in East Delhi

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