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Should I Get Partial Dentures?

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Front Desk
Should I Get Partial Dentures?Partial dentures are a cost-effective solution for teeth replacement compared to permanent crowns and implants. Regular dentures don't require surgical healing time but implant-supported dentures do. Partial dentures may be constructed with metal support or even a flexible base. In situations where retention of dentures becomes an issue, you can have implants to support and retain your partial dentures.

What to Expect from Partial Dentures

Without teeth, the position of the tongue and muscles within the mouth may change whereby they take up the space earlier occupied by the lost teeth. It may take some readjustment to replace missing teeth with partial dentures. The tongue and muscles need adjustment and sometimes the denture may feel somehow awkward or a bit bulky in the mouth. You may feel so for weeks or even months, however, this is normal and you should be used to wearing your partial dentures over time as you continue wearing them.  

Moreover, it takes time to practice how to remove and put back your partial denture. Therefore, be patient, and soon you will find you are doing it right. The last thing you want to do is force the dentures into place. You also don't want to bite down on your denture to make it fit because that action could bend or break the denture or damage the clasps.

When our prosthodontist gives you your customized partial dentures, he or she will provide instructions on how you can fit them into the mouth and how to remove them. You will also do a bit of practice right at the office the moment you are given the dentures. Additionally, the denture specialist will provide instructions about caring for the dentures. You will be told the period of time should wear dentures, the appropriate time to remove them, and how to clean and store the dentures.  

At first, you will find it challenging to eat while wearing a denture, but soon you will grow to love wearing and eating with these restorations. It is important you start out with soft foods. Cut the foods into minute pieces to make them easier to chew. Avoid hard, sticky foods since they can damage the dentures or irritate your gums under the dentures. Similarly, speaking may be unusual at the beginning, but with practice, you are able to quickly adapt to your set of partial dentures. Make sure you clean your mouth regularly to ward off food particles and harmful bacteria that can contribute to gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. To get more information about partial dentures or get yourself a set of dentures, reach out to our prosthodontics team.

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