A partial denture replaces missing teeth. It is made up of one or more porcelain or plastic replacement teeth. Gum-colored plastic attaches these teeth to a metal framework. The partial is removable and it is held in your mouth with either metal clasps or precision attachments (special attachments made to fit into existing teeth, often hidden by crowns). We will discuss which option is best for you.
Conventional dentures are removable. They are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues and depending on the amount of remaining bone and the palate, they may rely on bonding adhesives too.
The lower complete dentures usually present a lot of instability because without teeth the ridge tends to resorb, and of course there is no palate so it is much more difficult to get adequate suction on the lower jaw. Besides, the tongue tends to break that suction.
Commonly, two to four implants are placed in the lower jaw for support. An implant-supported lower denture is far superior to a lower denture without implants because they offer improved comfort: less irritation of the gums, confidence due to less risk of slipping out. Patients with implant-supported dentures have increased chewing efficacy and can speak more clearly.
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Your partial denture needs good care. So do your gums and natural teeth. Proper care will help your partial last and keep your mouth healthy.
Talk to us if your partial is loose, causes soreness, or is bent or broken in any way. Never make adjustments yourself. Take good care of your partial, it will keep you chewing well and looking great for many years to come.