Partial dentures are dental prosthetics for replacing a few missing teeth in the mouth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth connected to a base made of acrylic or metal. The base is custom-made to fit the contours of your mouth.
You may be considering partial dentures if you have missing teeth. They are an ideal option for missing teeth. They are popular due to their affordability and easy maintenance. If partial dentures intimidate you, learn what to expect to make an informed decision.
The first step in getting partial dentures entails scheduling an initial consultation with your dentist. During the visit, your dentist will evaluate the health of your mouth, take X-rays, and discuss your treatment options. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth if you are a good candidate. They will then send them to a dental laboratory to create your custom prosthetic.
You will visit your dentist’s office for a fitting appointment once your partial dentures are ready. Your dentist will adjust the denture to ensure a comfortable fit. It may involve altering the clasps or attachments holding the denture in place. It also entails making minor adjustments to the artificial teeth. Your dentist will show you how to insert and remove the denture, as well as how to care for it properly.
You may experience discomfort and irritation when your first start wearing partial dentures. Your mouth needs time to adjust to the new prosthetic. You may also experience sore spots, difficulty speaking, or increased saliva production during the first few days or weeks of wearing the denture. Your dentist may recommend using a denture adhesive to help keep the denture in place and reduce discomfort.
Partial dentures require regular maintenance and care to keep them in good condition. Brush your denture daily using mild soap and a soft-bristled brush. You can also use a denture cleaner. Remove food particles or debris that may accumulate on the denture throughout the day. Remember to remove the denture at night and soak it in a denture solution to keep it clean and fresh.
Eating with partial dentures can be challenging. But with practice, you can enjoy your usual diet. Most patients report comfortably eating their meals on time. Begin with soft foods and cut them into small pieces to make them easier to chew. Avoid hard or sticky foods that may cause the denture to fall out or cause damage to the artificial teeth.
Your partial denture may require adjustment or repairs over time to ensure proper fit and function. It may involve adding or removing clasps and adjusting the position of the artificial teeth. It also entails repairing any damage that may occur. Contact your dentist if you notice any problems with your denture, such as pain or discomfort.
Your dentist will schedule follow-up visits to check the fit and function of your partial dentures. Expect the visit every six months to a year.
The planning will depend on your individual needs. During the visits, your dentist may recommend adjustments or repairs to keep your denture in good condition for optimal oral health.
For more information on partial dentures, visit Woodbury Family Dentistry at our office in Orlando, Florida. Call (407) 502-5300 to book an appointment today.