If you have a few missing teeth, you know how important it is that you find a replacement for them. Whether you’ve lost your teeth to gum disease, cavities, decay or even by accident, dentists strongly recommend that you get a replacement as soon as possible. Having something such as partial dentures to fill the gap where your natural teeth were will help prevent further misalignment of your remaining teeth, and allow you to speak, chew and smile with confidence again.
If you’re considering opting for partial dentures, you probably want to know a little more about them before you discuss the choices available to you with your dentist. One denture option you have is to get removable partial dentures. Curious to see how this type of denture can easily fit into your daily routine? Well you’ve come to the right place, because in this guide, we’re going to discuss:
When you first discuss your options for finding replacements for your missing teeth with your dentist, chances are they’re going to bring up removable partial dentures. This kind of dental instrument is very popular with people who are missing teeth and looking to get their chewing and speaking power back. They also help prevent further misalignment of their remaining teeth.
Removable partial dentures are exactly what they sound like, dentures that you can take in and out of your mouth with ease. They are typically made up of a gum-colored plastic base that is created by taking impressions of your mouth and bite. They connect to your surrounding teeth with the help of metal connectors or precision attachments. Your dentist will then cap them with crowns that are customized to mimic the color of your surrounding natural teeth.
Removable partial dentures are typically used to replace three or more teeth that are missing in a row. You can get removable partial dentures for your upper or lower jawline.
Although you may already be familiar with the traditional partial denture made of gum-colored plastic, there are two other options available for you to use.
Partial dentures are not the same as complete (or full) dentures. Complete dentures are designed to replace an entire upper or lower jaw, and are either designated as conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth have been pulled, and your mouth has been given enough time to heal. Immediate dentures are added on the same day that your dentist has removed any additional teeth. Because they are placed immediately, this type of complete denture allows you to return to normal life without the need to wait for a mold of an entire set of dentures.
If removable partial dentures sound like something that might be right for you, there are some benefits that you should be aware of:
While we think removable partial dentures are a great option, only your dentist can help you decide what’s best for your particular situation. The benefits of removable partial dentures are many. However, there are some disadvantages you should be aware of too.
Removable partial dentures are one of the most affordable options when it comes to replacing your teeth. Check with your local Aspen Dental dentist for price specifics. What you end paying will be determined by a few factors:
Keeping all this in mind, removable partial dentures are still a budget-friendly way to replace your missing teeth. In order to get the most accurate cost of partial dentures, be sure to speak to your Aspen Dental dentist.
When you first decide to get removable partial dentures, your dentist will take molds of your mouth and of your bite to ensure that the denture will be a good fit. After all, every mouth is different. So, you’ll need a customized solution designed to work with your specific circumstances. These molds will be used to create a model of what your partial denture will look like, which will be used to ensure it fits into the space where your missing teeth are. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments before the final partial denture is made. Once you go in to get your final removable partial, your dentist will go over how to put it in and take it out, how to clean it, and how to adjust to it being in your mouth.
One of the frequently asked questions of new removable partial denture wearers is can you go back to eating, chewing and speaking normally? The short answer is yes, you can. When you first get your dentures, and for about two week afterward, you will have to learn to adjust to having them in your mouth.
Having something new in your mouth will take time to get used to. But after a few weeks, you should go back to speaking and smiling just as you did with your natural teeth. If there are any words you are having trouble saying with your partial dentures, you can make sure to practice those, and rest assured, they will get easier to say over time.
When it comes to eating and chewing with removable partial dentures, it may take a little time to get the hang of it. This is a new experience for you. So, make sure you give yourself a break as you get used to eating the foods you love again. Although your dentist will discuss this with you in detail, there are some tips to be aware of as you navigate eating and chewing with partial dentures:
After a few weeks of practice, you should be just fine eating the foods (with some exceptions) that you’ve always enjoyed. If you find that you’re still having issues with eating using your removable partial dentures, make sure to tell your dentist. This could be an indication that the dentures are not fitted properly or there is some other adjustment that needs to be made.
Once you’ve got your removable partial dentures from your dentist, there will be a time of adjustment as your mouth gets used to them, as we previously discussed. Your dentist may recommend that you wear them constantly for a few days, since this is one of the best ways to determine if any adjustments need to be made.
If during this time period you notice soreness or pain, make sure to let your dentist know. This could be indicative of poorly-fitted partial dentures that just need to be adjusted. Although it may be a little uncomfortable, if your dentist asks you to keep them in, make sure you do it. You’ll thank yourself in the long run should you happen to need any adjustments at the beginning.
After this period, your dentist will recommend that you start removing your partial dentures at night while you sleep. This gives your mouth and gums a break, and allows time for your removable partial dentures to soak. You can and should wear your dentures daily, because as your mouth gradually adjusts to them, you’ll find that eating, speaking and smiling with them is much easier. Removable partial dentures are designed to be worn daily, and taken out at night.
You should expect it to take your mouth some time to get used to your partial dentures. After all, you’re introducing an entire new appliance to your mouth, so some discomfort can be expected. If during your adjustment period with your new dentures you’re experiencing pain, consider trying out these remedies.
If you notice that your swelling won’t go down after using a compress and removing the partial dentures to give the gums time to rest, you may want to call your dentist. If you notice sore spots or even have visible sores, this is probably a good opportunity to see your dentist. Sores indicate that the partial denture is not fitting as it should, and may require an adjustment.
If you’re feeling pain daily, this is not normal and you should contact your dentist. If you don’t, you could risk intensifying bone reabsorption, which will cause even more pain while you eat and speak. Removable partial dentures are not supposed to be painful. Speak to your dentist and they can ensure the fit is adjusted.
Just like it is important to care for your natural teeth, it is also very crucial that you care for your removable partial dentures correctly. There are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your dentures on a daily basis.
Although your partial dentures are strong and stable while they’re in your mouth, you want to make sure you carefully handle them when they are not in your mouth. Even though they can be made of plastic or other strong material, dentures can be surprisingly fragile. When you clean your partial dentures, it’s a good idea to make it a habit to place a towel over the bowl of the sink. That way, if you happen to drop them, you won’t risk cracking or breaking them. You could also opt to fill the sink up with water and plug it in order to get the same protective cover.
The toothpaste that you use on your natural teeth is too harsh for your partial dentures. Instead, your dentist might recommend a specific denture cleaner, or you can choose to use a mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid. If you have any specific questions about what type of cleaner you should be using on your partial dentures, just ask your dentist and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
It’s important to keep your natural teeth healthy, so make sure you are brushing twice a day, flossing and using a mouthwash (when your partial dentures are removed). Make sure to also clean your gums where the partial dentures sit so this area is also free of bacteria. This ensures that you’re caring for your mouth in the best possible way.
When it comes to your partial dentures, you’ll also want to make sure you’re cleaning those daily as well. You can start by taking your partial dentures out at night, and making sure to brush them thoroughly with a product approved by your dentist. Work to remove bits of food and plaque, which can cause the partial denture to become discolored. Daily cleaning ensures you’re also removing the bacteria that can cause your dentures to develop an unpleasant odor.
While you can also use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently clean your partial dentures, consider picking up a brush that is specifically designed to clean dentures. With a denture brush, the bristles are made to get in all the spaces of your partial denture, making cleaning even easier.
After brushing, rinse off the partial denture and prepare to place it in storage for the night.
After removing and cleaning your partial dentures, it’s essential that you keep them moist overnight. If you do not store your dentures in a denture cleaner or water, it could lose its shape, causing it to no longer fit properly.
When you put your partial dentures in the next morning, make sure to give them a good rinse before securing them in place and going about your day.
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to removable partial dentures. Everyone’s situation is different. So, make sure you thoroughly discuss your options with your dentist. If you’re interested in an affordable way to get back your chewing ability and have confidence in your smile, then removable partial dentures could be the right choice for you.
*General industry pricing only. See your local Aspen Dental for specific pricing.