A partial is a prosthetic tooth that replaces one or more missing teeth. It can be made from flexible or rigid materials. Rigid partials generally have a metal frame. A metal clasp connects them to the adjacent teeth. They usually last longer than flexible partials. They’re also easier to clean and less likely to trap food underneath.
Benefits of Partials
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, partial dentures are an excellent option to replace them. They’re removable, so you can easily remove and clean them and put them back in your mouth. Partials also restore your smile and your ability to eat and speak properly.
Partial dentures are crafted from a combination of metal and acrylic to mimic the natural teeth and gums. The metal framework supports the partial dentures and prevents them from slipping or falling out. The acrylic base helps to create a natural look.
Partials are supported by the adjacent teeth and the gums so that they do not move around or slip out easily.
Procedure for Partials
To start, the dentist will take measurements and impressions of the mouth. These will be used to fabricate the new partial. Once it is ready, the dentist will check to ensure the partial fits comfortably.
After the partial is checked for fit and comfort, the dentist will provide instructions for taking care of the prosthetic and your oral health. This includes brushing the teeth and the partial after every meal and avoiding eating certain foods to prevent damaging the partial.
Once your partial dentures are ready, you should:
- Be careful when chewing. Your partial dentures will fit securely in place for you to chew and speak normally. However, be careful when chewing hard foods, such as hard candies, popcorn kernels, or hard bread crusts.
- Clean your partial dentures daily. Partial dentures should be removed at night and properly cleaned. Clean them using a soft bristle toothbrush and a nonabrasive denture cleaner.
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