Partial Dentures: How They Work and What Issues They Can Improve

Posted on: April 10, 2019

Dentures and Partial Dentures Chevy Chase, MD

Partial dentures usually consist of a removable replacement for any missing teeth and surrounding tissues as well. They also consist of pink or gum-colored plastic or metal bases for a better fitting. Based on the condition that the person's mouth is in, the dentist will design specific partial dentures. The dentist will examine the tooth’s situation and then design a temporary mold to get an idea of its fitting. After getting a better idea, the dentist will design a proper partial denture which will fit in the missing teeth space.

How partial dentures work

Partial dentures, both upper and lower, are designed in such a way that they work just like normal teeth. They are attached to a metal or plastic frame which is designed in such a way to fit exactly the missing teeth space. Partial dentures not only fill the space with teeth, but they also provide a solid grip allowing for a better smile.

Partial dentures work when if there are one or more teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are bridges which replace the teeth space and are fixed to other real teeth by crowns. Partial dentures are helpful in providing a "real teeth feeling" in place of the missing teeth, but they also provide a better hold. These are helpful to maintain a better position of the other remaining teeth. By keeping the real teeth in position and holding the new ones, these partial dentures provide a natural look.

In some cases, partial dentures are made of acrylic and metal-like framework dentures; they also have wire clasps. These wire clasps help the dentures to attach to the remaining real teeth. These are normally used as less costly alternatives for metal partial dentures.

After putting them in place, partial dentures may feel a little awkward in the start. However, if there are any spots that don't feel right, be sure to contact the dentist so that a better hold can be placed. 

Improvements that partial dentures provide

Partial dentures have many benefits and can improve a person's overall life in many ways. They are a less costly solution compared to full dental implants. Some other improvements they will bring are listed below.

Improved and natural smile

Partial dentures may initially feel uncomfortable, but they will bring that natural smile back to life. They can also give better support to the jaw while also providing a better overall look.

Comfortable eating

Eating with dentures will take some practice. However, with time, it will become easier. You should start with soft foods initially, and talk with the dentist about any discomfort while chewing food. Eventually, chewing foods will feel more natural, and you won't think anything of it.

Improved speaking

Partial dentures will also make your speaking easy and comfortable. Normally when we lose teeth, speaking becomes slightly changed and in some cases, awkward. At the start, one may feel some difficulty pronouncing certain words, but with enough practice, it becomes just as natural.

The bottom line

Partial dentures can be the best economical solution to a missing teeth problem. They are a non-invasive solution and give you a natural-looking smile. If you get properly fitting dentures, it will be a blessing to your overall look as well as many other aspects of life. 

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