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The Benefits and Downsides of Partial Dentures

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Do you have one or more teeth missing in your jaw and considering replacements? The three options available to you to replace your missing teeth are dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures. All three possibilities help in varying degrees to function normally with everyday activities like eating, chewing, and prevent your natural teeth from shifting towards the blank space in your mouth.

While dental implants and bridges are fixed options remaining in your mouth, partial dentures are removable and ka useful as a temporary or long-term measure. This blog looks at various types of partial dentures available from universal dental while also giving you the benefits and downsides of this tried and tested tooth replacement solution. You can select partial dentures based on your specific needs and requirements after consulting the dentist in Universal City, TX.

How Are Partial Dentures Created?

Partial dentures are made from resin base on which artificial teeth are attached and are customized for your needs by a dental lab from models of your mouth. If you undergo a tooth extraction, you can have a temporary partial called Flipper immediately after tooth removal. The temporary partial ensures you are never without your teeth, and your aesthetic appearance is not affected.

A Flipper’s tooth is primarily provided for aesthetic reasons doesn’t function as effectively as the traditional removal partial denture. Your gums support the Flipper’s tooth and may irritate. However, Flipper is an excellent solution as a short-term option during the healing of the extraction site before a permanent replacement is created.

You can have a traditional removable partial denture to replace one or more missing teeth in your jaw. Removable partial dentures have clasps that wrap around healthy supporting teeth to remain secure. The Universal City dentist can customize the clasps of your removable partial denture, creating them from resin to make them appear less visible. The dentist also ensures the partial fit is according to your mouth’s features, giving you the looks and functionality you desire and preventing trauma to your gums and natural teeth while evenly distributing biting forces.

The Benefits of Removable Partial Dentures

  • If you have multiple missing teeth and want a non-invasive option for replacement, partial dentures are an excellent option for your specific needs.
  • The material used for creating partial dentures permits the addition of more teeth to the partial overtime.
  • Partial dentures are better if you want to replace lost teeth in your lower jaw, mainly if the dentist can retain some teeth in your mouth.

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Downsides Of Partial Dentures

  • It would be best if you gave partial dentures a break-in time before you get accustomed to having them in your mouth.
  • Removable partial dentures increase plaque buildup around supporting teeth and are a significant risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
  • The supporting teeth may suffer trauma from the movement and pressure of the partial.
  • Bone loss can occur at the extraction site and affect the neighboring teeth.
  • If you lose a supporting tooth, you require a new partial.

How to Care for Your Partial Denture?

Denture care center recommends that you remove your partials every night to relieve your tissues and teeth. Removing the partial provides the much-needed air and blood circulation to your gums to remain healthy. You can use an electric toothbrush to improve plaque removal from your natural teeth. Do not forget to floss around supporting teeth where plaque buildup is at its highest.

Care for the partial denture using a soft brush, denture toothpaste, or denture cleaning tablets. Ensure that you store the partial clean water safely to prevent the risks of breakage. Placing the partial in your mouth requires some practice. However, the dentist advises you to set the partial in your mouth with your fingers without biting down on the appliance.

Partial dentures increase your tooth decay risks, making it incredibly essential for you to take good care of your mouth. You must limit sugary foods and beverages and consider fluoride treatments with your dentist to help prevent tooth decay and additional tooth loss. You must continue with frequent visits to your dentist for exams and cleanings to ensure your mouth remains at its healthiest.

If you consider removable partial dentures, you can inquire with your dentist about a comprehensive examination to determine your natural teeth’ health. You must explore all your options for tooth replacement and, if possible to retain your existing teeth. Universal dental offers you all the help necessary to ensure your replacement tooth with a partial is hassle-free.

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