Removable partial dentures consist of a pink, plastic base that blends in with your gums. Attached to the base are replacement teeth. The cool thing about partial dentures is that you can have teeth missing in different parts of your mouth, as long as they are on the same dental ridge, and your partial can be configured to fill in all your missing teeth. For instance, your bottom teeth may be missing one in the front, a molar on the left side, and two molars (not even side-by-side) on your right side, and your replacement teeth will be configured to fit around your remaining healthy teeth. In such cases, rather than get four implants, you can restore your smile and bite with one prosthesis!
How Partial Dentures Are Stabilized
Partial dentures are stabilized by attaching them to your healthy teeth. They can be attached in one of several ways:
- Using metal clasps
- Using more natural looking connectors
- With more esthetic precision attachments
What to Expect With Your New Partial Denture
Partial dentures are not a natural addition to your mouth and, therefore, will take some getting used to. Here are some things you can expect:
- At first, your new partial may feel awkward or bulky. This is normal and will resolve itself with time.
- Inserting and removing your partial will take practice.
- Your partial denture should fit into place with relative ease.
- Never force it into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
- At first, to get used to your new denture, and to identify areas that may need adjustment, your dentist may suggest wearing your partial all the time.
- Once the need for adjustments are identified, and the adjustments performed, your dentist may recommend removing your partial at bedtime.
- At first, eat soft foods cut into small pieces, and chew on both sides to keep the pressure even.
- Avoid chewing gum during the adjustment period, as well as other hard, sticky foods.
- At first, you may find it difficult to pronounce certain words. This will resolve itself with time.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH, TX, DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families from across Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.