Dentures (and partial dentures) are removable oral appliances used to replace one or more lost or missing natural teeth.
Are you missing one or more teeth? If you have considered or are considering Dentures to fix your smile, consider having a consultation with Dr. Stefanie at Hamamoto Dentistry to review all of your options.
While Dentures are often an affordable and accessible way of replacing missing teeth, they don’t make sense for everyone. Alternatives to Dentures include dental implants, dental bridges, and partial dentures.
The Difference Between Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
A full denture is a removable dental prosthesis that replaces the full arch of teeth.
A partial denture is an appliance designed to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth and it can either fully cover the natural ridge or attach on small attachments called clasps onto the remaining parts of your natural teeth. It attaches to existing teeth and is not limited to the supporting structures.
A removable partial denture may help preserve the natural tooth placement of your existing teeth. They ensure proper chewing and digestion by thoroughly grinding your food. A properly designed partial denture will assist in support of your existing teeth.
Things to Consider About Dentures and Partial Dentures
How much do partial dentures cost?
Prices can vary depending on the type of denture and the amount of work involved. Please schedule an appointment with Hamamoto Dentistry to review your specific case.
How do you clean dentures?
Dentures may be cleaned in the same way as if it was your natural teeth. You can use mouthwash and toothpaste or any dental plaque remover for optimal results. Water is never recommended because denture cleansers are capable of breaking down the material that makes up the appliance, which will weaken it and make it more prone to fall out.
How do you care for dentures?
Dentures are recommended to be used during their first year of installation in order for them to properly fit. In addition:
- Never chew on them, or drink a very hot or cold beverage as they could break
- Avoid strong chemicals like disinfectants that can wear the material down over time
- Avoid smoking because it can discolor your dentures and make them more prone to staining over time, weakening the material
How long do partial dentures last?
The life span of a partial denture depends on how hard you're willing to take care of it. If you have a good oral hygiene regimen, your appliance can last for over 25 years.
How do you get rid of bad breath with dentures?
You could try a good mouthwash that is capable of killing the bacteria in the mouth, causing bad breath. Some people tend to react differently to certain products and therefore it might be necessary to find a different one if you experience dryness or irritation. Some denture wearers tend to get used to the taste of their own saliva and therefore do not experience bad breath.
How long should a person be without teeth before considering getting a partial denture?
The amount of time you're able to go without having any teeth at all will depend on several factors such as your age, medical conditions, the kind of appliance you get, and your general health. If you're a young adult who doesn't have any medical conditions, restoring your teeth with a partial denture might be better than getting dental implants because they are more affordable in the short-term
How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?
It may take people up to two weeks to get used to wearing their partial dentures. If you are having difficulties getting accustomed, there are several ways you can make the process easier:
How stable is a partial denture?
As expected, partial dentures might feel more unstable than your full set of teeth because they tend to slide and shift around the mouth a lot more. This can be partially resolved by using a retainer or stable appliance to hold the denture in place, or use dental adhesive for certain cases where it might move around too much
What materials are used to make partial dentures?
Partial dentures are made from various types of material such as acrylics and thermoplastics. Acrylics dentures are not as strong and tough as thermoplastics but they do look better and more natural than their counterpart.
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