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Westchester Dentists use partial dentures to complete your smile if you’re missing one or more teeth and do not have dental implants. A partial denture sits between your existing teeth, providing you with a complete biting surface and eliminates gaps in your smile.
While dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, partial dentures do not. Instead, they fix onto the surrounding teeth using a variety of mechanisms.
In general, there are two methods for fixing dentures to teeth:
Partial dentures do not replace all of the teeth in your mouth, just some. The type of denture that you have will depend on the unique shape of your mouth and the teeth missing. Dr. Brisman will take impressions of your existing teeth and then use sophisticated equipment in our dental lab to manufacture a one-of-a-kind denture custom fit to you. The partial denture not only simulates the presence of teeth, allowing you to eat regularly, but also has a pink acrylic to mimic gum too, helping to improve your smile.
Partial dentures are a common and vital dental procedure. Here’s what you need to know about them:
We use our teeth to make certain sounds when speaking. If you’re missing teeth, you may find it hard to say particular words which, in turn, can make you feel self-conscious. Partial dentures, however, replace your missing teeth, providing you with a full set that makes speech easier. Many people find that they can more easily form letter sounds when they use dentures to replace missing teeth.
Eating with missing teeth can be a challenge. It’s hard to form a biting surface, and you can get food stuck in the gaps between your teeth. With dentures, however, you can more easily chew on both sides of your mouth and start eating regularly again. As with most dentures, you’ll need to avoid certain types of tough or chewy foods, but most are compatible.
Sometimes the fit of a partial denture isn’t perfect. If a partial denture does not fit snugly in your mouth, it can lead to rubbing or too much pressure focused on a single spot.
The good news, though, is that Dr. Brisman can adjust the position of your partial denture to make it more comfortable. With a slight adjustment, you can relieve pressure spots and get on with your day.
Dentures are removable, unlike dental implants, but we may still ask you to wear it all day. The reason for this is so that we can identify if and when the denture needs adjustment. Although we will take accurate molds of your teeth, there’s often no way to know in advance how your mouth with interact with the denture during chewing. The internal shape of the mouth could change in a way that is hard to predict, causing rubbing. By wearing your dentures all day long, we can quickly identify problem areas and sort them out.
If you get a partial denture in Westchester, Dr. Brisman will tell you how much and often you need to wear it. The instructions that we give are essential. Wearing your dentures allows us to find out whether they are a good fit or not, and whether your bite improves.
Inserting dentures can be a challenge at first, especially if you’re not used to them. Dentures have to fix tightly to the surrounding teeth, meaning that you often have to apply a considerable amount of force to install them.
Once you’ve had new dentures installed, the next step is to care for them. Take a look at the following advice:
Just like regular teeth, dentures are prone to plaque buildup. While dentures will not rot or decay like regular teeth, they can still harbor nasty bacteria that can adversely affect the rest of your mouth. It’s best, therefore, to brush them, just as you would your regular teeth to prevent them from getting permanently stained.
Because dentures are made of artificial materials, they’re not very resistant to hard bristles. When brushing, therefore, always choose softer bristles.
For dentures to work, they need to retain their shape. Unfortunately, if you leave them out of water for too long, they lose their shape. We recommend, therefore, that you keep your denture in a soaking solution overnight.
Your denture can harbor all kinds of bacteria and plaque that you don’t want ending up in your mouth. It’s vital, therefore, to clean your denture before inserting it.
While toothpaste is ideal for scrubbing your teeth and gums, it’s not suitable for dentures. The chemicals that it contains are often too harsh for the acrylic material and can degrade it over time.
We can recommend a host of denture cleaners you can use to look after your dentures.
Over time, your mouth, teeth, and gums can all change shape. You may, therefore, require a denture adjustment to help the device fit your mouth better. Improperly fitting dentures can lead to a host of problems, including sore spots and infections.
If you’d like to learn more about partial dentures, then get in touch with our friendly team today. We’d love to help.