Partial dentures are appliances placed in the mouth that attach to your other teeth. While the process may sound easy, in order to get the correct restorative function your prosthodontist will spend significant time getting the process right. Partial removable dentures are generally recommended if you are missing one or more of your teeth on both sides of your mouth, either upper or lower. They enhance your smile and improve chewing, speech and digestion.
When you visit Dr. Judy Strutz on the first visit she will complete an exam that assesses what type of denture is needed. There are two types of partial dentures one is removable and the other is fixed. Fixed partials are usually referred to as a bridge. Partial removable dentures are recommended when you only have a few teeth in an upper or lower arch remaining.
The removable partial denture is attached to your other teeth using clasps or attachments. These attachments may take some getting used to when you first begin wearing your denture. You may also need crowns added to other teeth in order to have enough structure to clasp your partial denture on to. This requires a good fit in order for your smile to be functional as well as esthetic. You may also require other visits to adjust the partial’s fit as it settles into place.
Partial dentures may also need to be adjusted after you have had them for a while. While they should last for several years, dentures can crack, break and shift. It is important to take care of your appliance once it is created to keep it in the best working condition. So it truly is important to see your dentist at least twice a year. If you haven’t seen your dentist recently – call today and schedule an appointment.