A partial denture is a removable prosthetic that replaces a single or multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures are made of either metal, pink tissue-colored acrylic, or flexible nylon base. Composite teeth that match your natural tooth color replace any missing teeth to give you a natural-looking smile. A partial denture is secured by attaching metal or flexible nylon clasps to your adjacent natural teeth. A Partial denture is a great way to give you back the confidence to smile again while helping you return to a regular diet and improve your overall health.
You should take your partial out at night and let your gums rest from the constant pressure of wearing your partial all day. Taking your partial out at night will also stop any unwanted breaking or wear caused by clenching and grinding at night. This is also a good time to let you partial soak in a denture cleaning solution and cup overnight; this will break down buildup on the denture and kill any bacteria.
Depending on your partial, you should have little to no limitations on the foods you eat. However, with an acrylic partial or flipper, you should avoid sticky or harder foods due to the limited strength of these types of partials. With stronger partials such as a metal or a flexible partial, there are no limitations on the foods you choose to eat, giving you a more complete diet range.
Adding a tooth or teeth to a partial depends on your partial type. For example, with an acrylic partial, you can quickly and affordably add teeth to this type of partial. A metal partial will depend on the location of the metal clasps and what tooth needs to be added. We suggest you bring in your metal partial and ask one of our highly trained denturists if adding a tooth is possible. Adding teeth to a flexible partial is not possible due to the nylon thermoplastic that is used to make it flexible. A new flexible partial will need to be made in this situation. We highly recommend all dental work be completed first to ensure a long effective life for your partial.
Partials should be soaked in a denture cleaning solution and cup nightly. Doing this nightly will help break down buildup and kill any bacteria on your partial. After removing it from the denture solution and cup, brush it with a denture brush and rinse it under clean running water before placing it in your mouth. Cleaning your partial daily will ensure a long life and keep it looking new.
This depends on your needs and budget. Each partial has its benefits and limitations and will depend on your oral health and the condition of your remaining teeth. Set up a free consultation, and speak with one of our highly trained denturists to see what partial would be the best fit for you.