These are dentures made to replace all missing natural teeth. Typically, complete dentures are used to replace the upper teeth, the lower teeth, or both.
Replacement dentures are likely your second, and in some cases third or fourth set of dentures, so in most cases you are familiar with some of the problems associated with wearing artificial teeth. It becomes necessary to replace dentures largely because of changes to gum ridges as we age, but also because of wear to artificial tooth surfaces. Both are changes that occur slowly over time, so that we hardly notice. The frequency of replacing your existing dentures will have a direct impact on how easily you adjust to a new denture. For instance, if dentures are replaced every 5 to 7 years, the gum ridges and tooth wear are not as noticeable, making the transition to a new denture relatively easy. However, waiting 10 to 20 years or more before replacing your dentures will make adjusting to your new dentures extremely difficult in most cases. The new denture may feel like it’s too big, the teeth appear to be too large, and eating is more difficult than before. Speech becomes more difficult, you may find yourself lisping, and you feel there is no room for your tongue. All these problems can be avoided with more frequent replacement of your dentures.
A partial denture is a removable dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is an important step in developing an attractive smile and restoring function to where missing teeth once were.
A metal framework is designed and cast to precisely fit around the remaining natural teeth. It is typically held in place with metal clasps. Artificial teeth are then anchored to this frame to provide the appearance and function of the missing natural teeth. Missing teeth can be more than a cosmetic problem. When teeth are missing, a person’s bite can be affected, making the act of chewing difficult or uncomfortable. There is also a tendency for the adjacent natural teeth to drift into the space left by the missing teeth. This movement can cause damage to the surrounding tissues, thus the more teeth lost, the more problems that may develop. Missing teeth can also affect the shape of your face and the clarity of your speech. None of these problems should be allowed to develop when sensible solutions are available. It is extremely important that, before a person begins treatment for a partial denture, they have a full and comprehensive assessment of the remaining natural teeth done by a dentist to establish that the remaining natural teeth can in fact support a partial denture, and that all repairs to natural teeth are completed.
Caring for Your Partial Denture
Your denturist will recommend the length of time the removable denture should be worn following the initial installation. For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel somewhat uncomfortable, but with any necessary adjustments that are made to the denture you will adapt and feel more comfortable in time. Removing and inserting your denture will take a little practice, but you will soon get the hang of it with help from your denturist. It is extremely important while inserting your denture that you don’t partially place it and then bite down to move it into position. This can easily damage or bend the denture, diminishing your denture’s ability to function, or even worse, rendering it useless.
The primary reason for removing your partial denture is to clean it. Cleaning is a very important part of wearing a partial denture, and your denturist can advise you on the proper way of cleaning yours. There are special brushes and denture cleaners that your denturist can suggest, or a mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid can be used as an alternative. Your denturist will probably suggest that you remove your denture before going to bed at night, clean it thoroughly, and place in an overnight soaking solution of water.
How often you should replace your partial denture depends on a number of factors, especially the changes your mouth undergoes over time. Bone and gum ridges recede, one or more natural teeth may need to be removed, clasps can break off, and age takes its toll. All of these things contribute to how often you will need to replace your partial denture.
For more complete information on partial dentures in Edmonton make an appointment for a free consultation with the denturist, or ask for the brochure detailing the cost "Just What A Partial Denture Is" by calling 780-476-2529.