What is a Partial Denture?
Partial dentures are natural-looking and help people to keep their jawline functioning properly. They are removable and made of acrylic and metal. This gives them the strength so you can chew and speak properly. Some partial dentures are made of just acrylic, but they are less structurally sound and durable.
Who Needs Partial Dentures?
The bite pressure will shift when a person is missing teeth. Even one tooth that is missing can shift a person's bite. The other teeth in the mouth will begin to shift in order to fill up the gap. Some people experience the shrinking of the bone near the gap and the soft tissues. This shrinking can lead to other problems with the rest of the teeth in your mouth and your appearance. A partial denture will help to keep your jawbone, gums and facial muscles active and working the way they should.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Having partial dentures are less invasive than other options. Partial dentures are easy to get used to. Daily cleaning is done by putting your denture in a solution. The solution will help keep your dentures clean, gums healthy and your mouth looking great.
Partial dentures are a great solution when the other teeth in your mouth are healthy. It is always better to keep your own natural teeth, but when some teeth go bad it is better to replace them so the healthy teeth can stay healthy.
Eating and Sleeping with Partial Dentures
Partial dentures help your mouth to function just like your own natural teeth. At first, you will want to stay away from sticky or hard foods. Other than that, you should be able to enjoy all the foods you like in time. You may need to relearn how to chew on both sides of your mouth and chew slowly.
People should not sleep with partial dentures. Partial dentures need to be cleaned outside of the mouth. This will allow for foods that are stuck under or around the part to be cleaned out. Taking your dentures out will also help to keep your gums clean and a chance to give them a rest. Some people also clench their teeth at night and this will damage partial dentures the same way it does natural teeth.