Getting Partial Dentures And What To Expect

Partial dentures are anchored to existing teeth, often to replace one or more teeth and not everyone qualifies to get the implants. The dentures can be permanent or temporary (removable) with the latter being more affordable than the former and the most common choice. The permanent type is bonded in place by attaching them to titanium rods surgically implanted into the bone cavity.

What Are Partial Dentures?

Removable partial dentures are primarily artificial teeth replacements that have a pink base colored to mirror the gums and a crown that matches the color of the existing natural teeth. A bridge can be introduced in cases where a patient is missing some teeth; the bridge makes it easier and comfortable to talk and eat. The bridge can also be used to prevent further dental issues caused when the teeth from shifting towards the gap.

What Are The Types Of Partials?

  • Acrylic
    They are the most affordable dentures but have a heavy build that can make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Cast metal
    Cast metal dentures have a metallic base to provide strong support and an optimal, comfortable fit.
  • Flex Denture
    They have a flexible build and are the alternative to cast metal dentures when a patient wants a comfy and better fit.

The dentist will fix metal clasps in place to hold the bridge firmly in place before adding crowns to the teeth as either side of the gap; this is to strengthen the teeth and the bridge. An adhesive uniquely designed for denture implants may also be used to enhance the firmness of the new implants and enhance bite force. The adhesive can be powder or paste, and it never is used to remedy ill-fitting dentures. The patient should never bite down the partial denture to force to fit because this may damage the metal clasps holding the dentures in place.

What To Expect When At The Dentist’s

Getting the bridge done may be a process that will need several visits to the dentist. The dentist will start may taking an impression of your mouth and use that to make a mold which will be used to create a plastic or wax model. Adjustment to the model may be necessary and done during the initial fitting. The dentist will give you temporary dentures that you can use as the custom stronger custom ones are being prepared.

What To Expect After Getting The Implant

The first experience wearing the bridge may feel strange; with the implant feeling too tight, loose, or bulky. A bit of soreness, irritation, and production of excess saliva may be expected as you learn to use the implant. Slurred speech, the urge to gag and altered taste may also occur. They are all typical symptoms you may expect; however, you should go for a checkup and adjustments if the soreness persists. Avoid adjusting your bridge yourself to prevent the risk of permanent damage to it or injuring your teeth and gums.

Speaking may take some time to get used to as you slowly adapt to the partial. As for eating, start with soft foods and slowly graduate to harder foods.

Caring For Your Partial Denture

Use a special cleaner and a specially-designed soft brush to clean your partial denture. Avoid using toothpaste because it can be abrasive to the bridge. Remove it before you brush your teeth with your standard toothpaste. Soak the partial when you remove it at night to help keep it moist and retain its shape.