Problems developed with age may result in the loss of teeth or the planned extraction of teeth by a dentist. A gap of more than one tooth in the mouth can cause discomfort, problems with eating, chewing and speaking as well as an unattractive smile.
Fitting partial dentures can fill a gap and improve the overall functioning and appearance of teeth.
What are partial dentures?
Designed to fill the gaps left by one or more teeth, a partial denture consists of prosthetic teeth made out of plastic, attached to a plate that rests comfortably on the gum. It is often clipped to the surrounding teeth using clasps to ensure it remains in place.
Partial dentures are used when a gap between teeth is not substantial enough for complete dentures to be required but is too big for a bridge to be considered. Fitting partial dentures can provide an effective solution for a set of teeth where some natural teeth remain.
What should I expect from my partial dentures fitting?
The process of fitting partial dentures in Birmingham, MI is straightforward and non-invasive. Once it has been advised you require partial dentures, your dentist will examine your mouth and determine whether you need any teeth extracted. Should this be the case, an appointment will be scheduled for the tooth extraction.
When your mouth is prepared for a partial denture, your dentist will take an impression- a mold of your mouth shape that will ensure your bespoke denture fits perfectly.
Next, your partial dentures will be designed, and a follow-up appointment is scheduled for the first fitting. If you are happy with the way the denture feels, you can begin wearing them immediately.
What happens after my partial dentures have been fitted?
After fitting partial dentures, your dentist will advise you on the general upkeep of your dentures, ensuring you maintain good oral health while wearing them. You will usually be required to attend a follow-up appointment so your dentist can check you are adjusting well to your dentures, and they fit and function correctly.
If you have any issues or concerns relating to your partial dentures or any questions about cleaning or using them, your follow-up appointment is a good time to raise them with your dentist.
Generally, partial dentures last between five to ten years, providing they are cared for. Make sure you are regularly cleaning your dentures in the same way you clean your natural teeth. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your partial dentures.