A partial denture, as the name suggests, provides partial artificial replacement if you don’t need to replace all of your teeth. It is usually removable, yet a natural-looking dental prosthetic that helps restore the look and functionality of your teeth. Partial dentures are made from a combination of metal or acrylic, which gives them the strength to handle your needs for chewing and speaking, while also looking natural.
What Is A Partial Denture?
If you have natural teeth remaining in either the upper or lower jaw, you can get a removable partial denture. Your dentist will insert replacement teeth that are connected to a removable plastic base. You can replace any type of tooth in your mouth with a partial denture.
Often, there is a metal frame that runs through the dentures that hold them in place. It all depends on the type of partial denture your dentist recommends and what they are used for.
Why Would You Need Partial Dentures?
When you are missing one or more teeth, the bite pressures shifts in your mouth, making chewing uncomfortable or even painful. In addition, other teeth may begin to move to compensate for the gap in your bite. You may experience shrinking of both the soft tissues and the supporting bone near your missing teeth to protect the exposed area. This can alter your physical appearance and can lead to more health problems with your other teeth. A partial denture keeps the underlying structures of your gums, and jawbone.
Of course, there are also aesthetic reasons to get dentures. If your missing tooth is visible when you smile or open your mouth, it might be a good reason to want to get it replaced. A full smile often makes people feel happier and more confident.
Can You Eat With Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are designed to give you all the form and function of natural teeth. It may take some time for you to adjust to your new partial denture, but eventually, you will be able to eat normally. You’ll want to first begin with soft foods such as smoothies, yogurt, and pasta and should take care to chew slowly and on both sides of the mouth. Particularly hard or sticky foods should be avoided.
Can You Sleep With Partial Dentures?
Sleeping with partial dentures is not recommended. Dentures are designed to be cleaned outside the mouth every night. This prevents staining and ensures no food particles are lodged under or around the partial. In addition, your gums will benefit from overnight rest, giving them the chance to recover and breath. Also, some people may clench their teeth in their sleep which can add some additional wear and tear, causing unnecessary damage.
If you’re thinking about getting partial dentures, contact us to schedule a consultation. We have two clinics in Sidney and Victoria to serve you.
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Victoria Address: 4085 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8X 1K6, Canada
Sidney Address: 9769 Fifth St, Sidney, BC V8L 2X1, Canada.