What are Partial Dentures?
What are Partial Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for teeth you are missing. There are complete or partial denture options available to you. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in your mouth, while the partial is used when you still have some of your natural teeth in place.
The Partial Denture
A partial denture attaches to a gum or pink-colored plastic base. This base is often connected by a metal framework to keep the denture in your mouth where the missing teeth once were.
When you still have some of your natural teeth, partial dentures can be used to fill the gap caused by teeth that have been removed or lost in an injury. When a hole appears between your teeth, it causes those still in place to shift position. The partial denture fills that open gap and keeps other teeth in their natural place.
A partial denture can be removed and uses internal attachments instead of clasps to hold it to adjacent crowns. You receive a more natural looking appliance with this design.
How Partial Dentures are Designed
It takes a few weeks for the partial denture process to be completed. Dr. Mahnaz Rashti, a Beverly Hills Five-Star rated cosmetic dentist can schedule an appointment with you to discuss your needs. She will offer you a free consultation to determine the best care and plan for providing you with partial dentures.
Dr. Rashti will make an impression of your jaw to see how one jaw works with the other. She will then create a model or plastic pattern of the exact position and shape of where your denture will be placed. You will try this model to make sure the fit is right.
To make sure the denture looks like a natural part of your mouth, the coloring will have to be matched to your existing teeth still in your mouth. Once the color and shape have been determined, the cast can be sent to create your denture.
How will the Denture Feel?
Dr. Rashti will work with your partial denture to ensure they feel right. In the beginning, it may feel a bit odd or possibly loose as the muscles in your cheek and tongue learn how to keep it in place.
You may experience some soreness or discomfort as your mouth adjusts to this new device. Discuss all your symptoms with Dr. Rashti, and she will determine if you are experiencing normal adjustments or if the denture needs to be altered.
Normal discomforts and a reduced saliva flow do diminish as your mouth adjusts to partial dentures.
Eating with Your Partial Dentures
You may need some practice eating with your new dentures. Soft foods that are cut into small pieces are recommended in the beginning as you adjust to your new dentures. Slowly chewing your food and using both sides of your mouth will help you adjust quickly and get you back to eating regular foods faster.
In the beginning, you will want to avoid foods that are hard or sticky and stay away from chewing gum. The use of toothpicks is not recommended to anyone wearing dentures.
Talking with Partial Dentures
You may experience difficulty pronouncing certain words when you first start wearing your dentures. Time and practice will make it easier to say them. You can practice by saying words you have difficulty without loud and after a short time, you won’t notice any problems.
Dr. Rashti provides you with personalized care and will help you adjust to your partial dentures. She is a world-class care professional with a highly trained dental team. Together they will work to ensure your fit is right and provide you with the education needed to keep your mouth, teeth, and new dentures healthy.