Dentures are custom-made replacements fitted into the mouth of patients who’ve lost more than a couple of teeth. They can be taken out and put back into one’s mouth with ease, though proper caution is advised when doing so. Partial dentures are dentures used to replace a single tooth or a couple of teeth. They are different from full dentures, which are designed to replace all missing teeth. Because of how they can be taken out without the help of a dentist or a dental professional, partial dentures are also known as removal dentures.
So, what are the advantages?
Removable dentures are considered as the most affordable means of having missing teeth replaced. They are usually made on the same day as the check-up, bypassing the need to have to go for months without any teeth, which is what happens with full dentures. Having partial dentures fitted is very simple for both patients and dentists; there’s no surgery involved. Compared to dental bridge work, having removable dentures fitted causes no damage to the teeth adjacent to the missing one.
And the disadvantages?
It takes a lot of time to get used to wearing partial dentures and the fact that they’re usually much larger than natural teeth may make them uncomfortable to wear for as long as they’re worn. They may also affect speech and function as it covers much of the roof of the mouth. The taste buds found on the roof of the mouth are affected by partial dentures, reducing your ability to taste food. Partial dentures may make you more prone to mouth infections.
Unfortunately, partial dentures won’t be able to solve the fact that, anatomically, you still are missing teeth and the bone in the area of the missing teeth will continue to shrink for as long as they’re not used. Partial dentures will have to be replaced every now and then as the dentures shrink and become loose over time.
Is the upkeep for dentures difficult?
There is going to be a different process to keeping your dentures clean and functional, but it is nothing over the top or complicated. In fact, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Never let your dentures dry out. Either place them in a glass with denture cleanser soaking solution or just plain water. Avoid using hot water as it causes the dentures to warp.
Brush your dentures as you would your normal set of teeth to rid it of food and dental plaque, as well as prevent stain build-up.
It should already go without saying, but you should take care of your teeth as well. Add gargling with mouthwash and brushing your palate every morning to your daily routine, as doing both can help remove plaque.
If your dentures ever become damaged, either it becomes loose or it cracks or breaks, don’t try to repair or adjust it yourself. Instead, go to see your dentist immediately.
If you would like to learn more about dentures, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit www.kemmetdental.com for additional information.
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