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Partial Dentures - Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers pertaining to Partials

What are Partial dentures?
Do I need implants to hold my partial dentures in?
Will people notice that I am wearing a partial denture?
Will my partial dentures show ugly metal hooks?
What if I am allergic to metal?
Once I have my Partial dentures, do I have to see a dentist?
How do I clean my partial dentures?


What are Partial dentures?

Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace one or more missing teeth and their adjacent tissue. Partial dentures are made of acrylic resin and, in many cases, a combination of metals.


Do I need implants to hold my partial dentures in?

Most people do not need implants to secure partial dentures in the mouth. Well trained and experienced denture specialists use sophisticated techniques to assure that partial dentures will fit securely and function normally. These specialists rarely find it necessary to incorporate implants into partial dentures.


Will people notice that I am wearing a partial denture?

A denture specialist who is also a partial denture aesthetician can blend the partial denture teeth so natural that they will make your smile look totally life-like. They will look so real that no one would know they are partial dentures. Only an expert in this field can assure that your smile will look truly natural.


Will my partial dentures show ugly metal hooks?

Today, well fitting partial dentures can be made without showing any metal. What many people call hooks are professionally referred to as clasps. Clasps are used to give a partial denture stability and retention. However, today, there are specially enginered, designed and patented partial dentures that do not show any metal at all and are more stable than conventional partial dentures. They are so stable and secure that they actually protect and preserve your remaining teeth.


What if I am allergic to metal?

In today's plastic age, there are high tech flexible partial dentures that look extremely natural and fit comfortably. Some people have allergic reactions to certain plastics. In that case, flexible partial dentures can also be made from biocompatible plastics that will not cause allergies. Tests are available to make sure what materials are compatible for you before having you partial dentures made.


Once I have my Partial dentures, do I have to see a dentist?

After receiving your Partial dentures, there may be a period of adjustment. In some cases, it is especially important to visit your denture care provider so that he or she may make minor modifications. It is also important to visit your denture care provider once a year to ensure it continues to fit properly. It is natural for the bone and tissue beneath the denture to change over time, so periodic adjustments will allow a continued good fit and protect the health of the underlying bone and tissue. If you have remaining natural teeth, it is important that you also have a periodontal checkup and cleaning at least once every six months.


How do I clean my partial dentures?

Remove and brush your partial dentures carefully using a brush with water only. Avoid using tooth paste or denture cream on your dentures (tooth pastes and denture creams contain abrasives). Avoid putting your dentures in hot water; damage to the denture may occur. If a partial denture is in place, remove it before brushing your natural teeth. Once removed, soak the dentures in a recommended cleansing solution mixed with water for a period of at least three hours in each twenty-four hour day. It is important that your dentures at all times be kept in a safe place, out of reach of children and pets.





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