Flexible partial dentures.

What to Expect If You Need Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are dental appliances that can be applied to the mouth to replace teeth that have fallen out. There are two important categories of partial implants, called bridges. There are permanent bridges and removable bridges. Permanent bridges can be held in place with a bonding agent, or fastened in with surgically implanted titanium screws that are affixed to the bone tissue. Nevertheless, the removable sort is typically more affordable and more common than the permanent sort.

What Are Partial Dentures?

Removable partial dentures have the appearance of authentic teeth held in place by a clear plastic material resembling the gum. They can be color matched to match the hues of your teeth exactly. IF you are missing teeth, having a partial can allow you to eat and speak clearly. Bridges also keep other teeth from shifting their locations and causing further problems.

What Are the Types of Partials?

  • Acrylic — this is the most common and cost-effective option. It may be a little uncomfortable.
  • Cast metal – with s sturdy metal framework this option will feel stronger and provide a better fit as well.
  • Flexible — as an upgraded version of the cast metal option the flexible bridge is lightweight and functions like the real deal.

Metal clasps are used to hole the partial in place and then the crowns can be affixed to the side of existing teeth for a better support. Sometimes adhesive can be used for added security. Adhesive can come in a variety of different forms and add some strength to the bite. But, an adhesive should never be used to hold a poor fitting denture down in place as this will damage the delicate metal clasps that fit around the tooth and provide support.

What Can I Expect When I Visit My Dentist?

A proper bridge will be created over the course of a few different visits. First, an impression will be taken of the inner shape of the mouth and this will be used to create the proper fitting bridge work that will fit in your mouth. You may be given a temporary apparatus that can gold the form of the denture until your finalized version is completed.

The final contraption may feel a little too large and bulky when you first place it in your mouth. You may even experience some soreness and difficulty over the course of the first few months it is in place. This can cause some slurred speech and even uncomfortable drooling at the wrong moments. Don’t be stressed, this is a normal occurrence when the teeth are getting used to the proper chewing and speaking function. Even though the initial discomfort can be a little difficult at the beginning, it is important to never attempt to adjust the apparatus yourself this can permanently damage the bridge.

It will take a short adjustment period to get fully accustomed to the partial apparatus. During this time some foods may be harder to eat than others. Choose softer foods during this time and go slow, as you become more accustomed to your device you feel more comfortable.