Removable Partial Dentures
At Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS, we understand that sometimes the teeth you were born with fail you. When this happens, we want you to know that there's an option: removable partial dentures. You may wish to learn more about these and whether they're a good option for you if your natural teeth are no longer working for you.
What Removable Partial Dentures Are
Typically, removable partial dentures consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base that's gum-colored. They have a metal frame and clasps so they can connect to the nearby teeth. Sometimes, other types of connectors that are more natural looking are used. For instance, precision attachments are an alternative option because they're more aesthetically pleasing, but they also cost more. Regardless of how they look, these are designed with your specific needs in mind.
Sometimes you'll also need to have crowns placed on your other nearby teeth to help make your removable partial denture fit better. This is because you'll need something to attach this denture to.
Why You Should Consider Getting Removable Partial Dentures
This is the most affordable way to replace your missing teeth. Typically, it's such a simple process that can be done on the same day as we see you for a check-up. Not only is this why you'll save money, but it's also nice to know that you won't have to wait for months to have your teeth replaced. Additionally, you'll find that your adjacent teeth won't undergo any damage like they would need to with other types of dentures.
How Removable Partial Dentures Are Fabricated
To make you a high-quality removable partial denture we must first take an accurate impression of your whole mouth. This is what the dental lab will make the base of your denture from. In doing so, they'll choose from various sizes and shapes of teeth to recreate a natural-looking smile for you. We'll also make sure that your denture comes together with the remainder of your teeth in a way that's properly balanced and that everything fits together well.
Once your new removable partial dentures are fitted in your mouth, they'll need to have some adjustments made to them over time. This is because your mouth naturally changes as you grow older (e.g., bone and gum ridged recede and shrink) and this will affect how your denture fits. Having such adjustments made is important because otherwise, you'll develop sores and infections in your mouth.
How to Care for Removable Partial Dentures
Cleaning a removable partial denture is somewhat different from cleaning your natural teeth. You'll want to remove the denture and hold it over some water while you use a denture cleaner on it. Don't use toothpaste because it's too abrasive. It's important for you to do this each day to remove any food or plaque on your denture, so this debris doesn't permanently stain it.
Understanding what removable partial dentures are and how they work is the first step, calling Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-274-5400 to set up an appointment is the second step, one you should take today.