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Everything You Need to Know About Partial Dentures

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Ranches Family Dental
Everything You Need to Know About Partial DenturesDentures are a great replacement for missing or damaged teeth. There are two types of dentures available that are complete and partial dentures. Dentists install complete dentures when the entire tooth is missing. For people who have missing teeth, then partial dentures are a great option. They can replace one or several missing teeth but not an entire jaw of missing teeth. Dentists recommend partial dentures when some part of the tooth is still in place. They also rely on the upper jaw and the gum for support.

Types Of Partial Dentures

There are three major types of partial dentures that your dentist may recommend which are cast metal, acrylic, and flexible partial dentures. The type you receive will depend on your situation, but we will dive into them in detail below.

Cast Metal Partial Dentures

This is the most common type of partial dentures. It can last up to 7 years. Dentists attach them using metal clasps. These metal clasps use the natural teeth to secure them in place. They make the metal framework from metals such as titanium  

Acrylic Partial Dentures

This is the least expensive type of partial denture. It contains removable acrylic flippers. It also contains clasps that help to secure it in place. Most people prefer it because it is less bulky.

Flexible Partial Dentures

It is the most expensive partial dentures, and it is a great alternative for people who are allergic to acrylic. It's also very comfortable. The clasps on flexible partial dentures are gum-colored, thus making them less visible.

Advantages Of Partial Dentures

There are many benefits to partial dentures, including the fact that they help to replace missing teeth. Dentists recommend partial dentures to people who have several missing teeth. Partial dentures are also beneficial in restoring one's ability to not only chew but to talk. Another great advantage of partial dentures is that you can take them out since they are removable. If you do not replace a missing tooth, it can lead to bone loss. Partial dentures help to prevent this from happening.

Dental practitioners recommend taking out your dentures at night before you sleep. This is because dentures prevent the flow of saliva. Sleeping with your dentures on can also lead to inflamed gums. You also have to clean your dentures at night with a denture cleaner and soak them in water.

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