Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures
  • Do you have visible gaps between your teeth?
  • Do you have missing teeth in your mouth?
  • Have you recently undergone a dental extraction?
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A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Sometimes, it is also connected to a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. These are the benefits of using a partial denture:

  • They are used when one or more natural teeth are remaining in the teeth
  • It not only fills the position of the missing tooth but it also prevents the other teeth from changing positions.
  • It can be removed from the mouth, cleaned and then fitted back inside.

How are dentures made? Here is the step by step process for the fabrication of dentures:

  • A series of impressions of the jaws are made and the relationship between each jaw is recorded to assess the space between them
  • Models, wax forms, or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made are created. The dentist will use these models for ʻtry inʼ in the patient’s mouth to assess the color, shape, and fit before the final denture is made.
  • The final denture is fabricated in the dental laboratory
  • The patient will be given the final denture after adjustments, if required are made.

Some post-operative care instruction and how a new denture will feel like in the mouth?

  • A new denture may feel odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place.
  • Minor irritation and soreness can occur and these can be treated with topical antiseptic creams.
  • Salivary flow will be higher than normal when you first start wearing the denture

For the fabrication of dentures and denture-related problems, please visit Dr Niraj Shah/Dr Megha Shah from Smile360 Family Dentistry.

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