Have you lost one or more of your teeth, for some reasons such as cavities, accidents etc.? Then partial denture is the way to go for you. Basically, when you need to replace one or more teeth, and anchor them with your existing teeth, partial dentures are used. Generally, there are two types of partial dentures in existence, and they are permanent and removal. Partial Dentures are often also termed as bridges. Now, the permanent partial dentures or the bridges may be attached in place, or sometimes they are also attached to rods made out of titanium, which are implanted in to the bone tissues, beneath the gum surgically. But, on the other hand, removal or temporary dentures are far more widely used and cost effective too, and also because everyone can’t undergo an implant.
Removable or temporary bridges or partial dentures are made up of replacement teeth, and usually comes in with gum or pink colored base. When you are given a partial denture, it will be exactly of the same color, as your other teeth are, to fit in to the surroundings. Missing a tooth or two teeth, will make eating or talking tough for you, but these bridges are there to make life easier. There are other advantages of a partial denture too. It also prevents the other teeth from shifting into the gaps, which often causes larger dental problems.
Types of Partials
- Acrylic- This is one of the most affordable options, but since, acrylic is heavy, it might cause problems, and you may feel uncomfortable while wearing your dentures.
- Cast Metal- The base of these partial dentures is made out of metal, and therefore they provide a more hard and comfortable alternative to the acrylic dentures.
- Flexible- These are the most comfortable among the three types of partial available nowadays. This is an upgraded version of the cast metal dentures, and is also much lighter and comfortable to wear.
The bridge or the dentures are held in place by the metal clasps. The dentist may sometimes add crows on either side of the appliance to strengthen the placement of the denture. Dentists may apply some adhesive which are specially made for dentures for added security. These types of adhesives often come in powder or pastes, which offers stability, bite force and retention. But, the adhesive should never be used for dentures which is not fitting the patient. Moreover, we should never push the partial or the bridge in to place forcefully, since that might damage the metal clasps attached to it.
Expectation from a Dentist
The partial denture or the bridge will be installed in to your mouth on several sittings. First, the dentist will take the impression of your mouth to make molds which will be needed to make a plastic model and the appliances. If you are having problems, then you might be given a temporary bridge to wear, until the custom one for you is made.
At first, it may feel weird when you wear the denture. You may notice excess saliva, stuttered speech and gagging and altered taste. These are very normal phenomenon’s which arise after applying a denture. But, if the soreness persists, then the dentist may do some arrangements.
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