Partial Dentures: 18 Questions Answered!

Partial Dentures: 18 Questions Answered!

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Partial dentures remain an excellent solution for those individuals who are missing one or several teeth, yet can’t afford the cost of dental implants.

We’ve put together a team of our most frequently asked questions about partials here. However, if you still have a question, give us a call; we’ll only be too happy to help.

1.   Are partial dentures noticeable?

Depending on the quality of your partial denture, it shouldn’t be noticeable. As the denture is clipped around your remaining healthy teeth; however, the clips may be visible when you talk. Tooth-coloured material can be used to counter this visibility.

2.   Are partial dentures comfortable to wear?

Partial dentures have an advantage over full conventional dentures in that they clip securely onto the nearby remaining teeth. And, as they are more secure than full dentures, they are often more comfortable – and don’t slip.

3. How do partial dentures stay in place?

Partial dentures clip onto the remaining teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth with metal arms or clasps.

4.   Are partial dentures worth it?

There are pros and cons to having partial dentures, and these factors may be different for each individual. Any tooth replacement is usually better than none, for both aesthetic and functional reasons, and depending on your condition, you may be able to choose between options such as a partial denture, fixed bridge or implant-supported denture/s. Partial dentures are the cheapest option and provide you with the appearance of real teeth, providing fullness in the mouth – and helping you to eat more solid foods. Partial dentures do not stop the existing neighbouring teeth from moving, or prevent bone loss though, which is a benefit of dental implants. Partials must also be taken out and cleaned daily. A fixed bridge will look and feel more like your natural teeth but will not help with bone loss or tooth stability. Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacement; however, the cost of implants for some is prohibitive.

5.   What are the benefits of partial dentures?

Partial dentures are a lot better than living with missing teeth as they allow you to have the appearance of natural-looking teeth. Partial dentures also help you bite into a broader range of foods, helping you keep up a desirable nutritional intake. Another benefit of partials is that they are a cost-effective option for individuals who are missing teeth.

6.     What is a partial denture?

As the name suggests, a partial denture is a removable device created for patients who still have some remaining teeth, but require a prosthetic device to take the place of one, two or a few missing teeth. As you need fewer teeth for a partial denture, they are usually cheaper than a full denture.

7.   Do I need denture adhesive for partial dentures?

Denture adhesive helps improve the fit of a partial or full denture for many patients. However, for some, adhesive is not necessary. Well-fitted dentures usually absolve the need for adhesive, although some people feel that it gives them added security. Generally speaking, upper dentures cause fewer problems than lower dentures, and partial dentures are less of a problem than full dentures.

8. Should I get partial dentures, dental implants or a fixed bridge?

The decision on whether to get partial dentures, dental implants or a fixed bridge is subjective and depends on a variety of factors such as finance, lifestyle, and expected outcome. Partial dentures offer a good option for those wanting an affordable option that gives them the illusion of natural-looking teeth and some function when eating. A fixed bridge may be suitable for some patients, upon your dentist’s recommendation, while dental implants are considered the gold standard for those individuals missing teeth.

9.    Can I have a partial denture for just one tooth?

Yes, you can have a partial denture created for just one missing tooth.

10.   How many teeth can fit on a partial denture?

A partial denture can have several artificial teeth added to it. If all teeth are needing to be replaced, you will require a full conventional denture. However, you will need to discuss your options with your dentist or dental prosthetist.

11.   Can I eat when wearing my partial denture?

Yes, you can eat with your partial denture. Chew on both sides of your mouth to keep even pressure on both sides and avoid food that is excessively sticky or hard. A benefit of partial dentures is that it allows you to eat a wider variety of foods then you would with missing teeth.

12. Do partial dentures help with speech?

Partial dentures help with your speech by allowing your mouth and tongue to create the same shapes you would make with natural teeth and hence, help improve your speech. However, when you first get dentures, you may need to practice pronouncing certain words aloud in front of the mirror. In time, these words will become easier to pronounce.

13. Can you add more teeth to my existing partial denture?

Your dental prosthetist will sometimes be able to add existing to your partial denture, depending on the type and age of the denture. Your dental prosthetist is the best person to advise you on this topic.

14. Can I eat steak with a partial denture?

For some, a partial denture makes it possible for them to eat steak again. However, if you are new to dentures, it is advisable to start by eating only soft foods such as eggs, fish and well-cooked vegetables. As your confidence and skills with denture wearing progress, you may try eating more chewy foods like steak

15. Is there anything I can’t eat with a partial denture?

The types of foods you can eat with a partial denture is a subjective issue. Everyone is different. Generally speaking, though, chewing gum and eating extremely sticky foods such as toffee is to be avoided. If you’re new to wearing dentures, start by eating only soft foods. In time, you can gradually progress to eating more chewy foods like toast or even steak.

16. Do I have to keep my partial denture in water at night?

All dentures should be taken out and cleaned daily to stay hygienic and to give your mouth and gums a rest. Your dental prosthetist will advise you on the best way to clean and store your denture when not in use. Most people keep their denture in a solution of water and denture cleaner during the night.

17. Can I fix my partial denture myself?

We recommend you never try to fix your partial denture yourself as this can break or damage the denture, leading to further and avoidable expense. If you have broken or damaged your denture, call our clinic immediately, and we’ll organise a time to remedy your problem as soon as possible.

18. How long do partial dentures last?

The longevity of partial dentures depends on the type of material used, how often it is used and cared for, and the quality of workmanship of the denture. Usually, individuals get anywhere from 4 to 8 years out of their denture. In the first couple of years, your denture may need adjustments or relining to help improve the fit and function. However, as time passes and your gums and jawbone change shape, relining will no longer be possible and you will require a new denture.

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