An affordable, removable way to replace teeth
Dental procedures such as fixed bridges and dental implants come with a lengthy procedure and can be costly. Dentures offer a more affordable option for the replacement of missing teeth. The solution has helped changed dental care and is one of the most preferred options for rebuilding a smile.
What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are similar to full dentures in the sense that they replace missing teeth. Unlike full dentures, which are used to replace a whole row of teeth, partial dentures are used to replace a missing tooth or a couple of missing teeth. Both partial and full dentures are also referred to as removable dentures since they can easily be taken out when needed.
The dentures consist of two parts, the teeth and a gum-colored base. There are two general designs for partial dentures: one that comes with a metal frame to ensure it fits tightly to your gums and one without that is more natural-looking. In either case, they allow you to regain your natural smile and confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions About Partial Dentures
With the advancements in dentistry, dentures today look more realistic and natural than ever before. However, while they may look natural, it takes a while for individuals to adapt to them. To help you develop a better understanding of partial dentures, we have some questions and answers that are frequently asked about them.
Are Partial Dentures Painful?
The dentures themselves are not painful. However, there may be some pain associated with the use of dentures initially. The pain usually lasts a short period of time and is due to the fact that your mouth, cheeks, and tongue, have to get used to the new addition.
Some individuals may even feel some gum pain as there is an increase in saliva flow when dentures are first used. Individuals with ill-fitting dentures may experience additional pain. Headaches, neck, and jaw pain are a few symptoms of ill-fitting dentures.
Are Partial Dentures Noticeable?
Partial dentures today look more natural than ever. They are designed with material that makes both the teeth and base seem natural. It isn’t very easy to tell them apart from your natural teeth.
There may be instances when the denture doesn’t fit well, which may make them noticeable. However, with the help of technology and the right measurements, such cases don’t occur too often.
Will it be Hard to Eat with Partial Dentures?
Initially, there will be a period of adjustment to the new dentures. At this time, there may be some difficulty eating. Most dentists will inform you to make sure you don’t have sticky or hard food for the first few weeks.
Eating soft and easy to chew food will help individuals get the hang of the dentures. Just be cautious when eating hard and sticky food as they can be a problem for the dentures.
Will The Partial Dentures Affect How I Speak?
This varies from person to person, some may experience speech impediment while others may not. The only solution to speech impediment is to constantly practice speaking with the dentures on.
When you come across a word that you can no longer pronounce properly, repeat it out loud until you can correctly say it. Also, make sure your partial dentures fit well and aren’t loose. When out of place, individuals usually have trouble with their speech.
How Can I Take Care of Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are sensitive and need to be dealt with caution. When removing the dentures from your mouth avoid handling the clasps. When needed, you can rinse the dentures with warm water, but make sure it isn’t too hot. Brushing your dentures is important; there are special denture powders and tablets you can use to clean them.
The most important step in caring for dentures is to remove them at night and place them in a denture solution. Let them soak in the solution all night which ensures they are disinfected and clean when they are put on again.
Can I Wear the Partial Dentures and Sleep?
We recommend you wear your dentures to sleep initially, so you can get accustomed to them quicker. This will also allow our dentist to determine whether or not there is a need to adjust the dentures if they become loose.
However, after a few weeks, your dentures shouldn’t be worn to bed. They need to be disinfected every night so there is no saliva or bacteria build-up. The period with the dentures off also allows your gums to rest and get some natural stimulation.
Booking An Appointment/Consultation
Looking for a dentist in Ocala you can trust? Our team at VIPcare Dental can help you regain your beautiful smile with our denture solutions. Our denture specialists use the latest dental technology that ensures you get well-fitted dentures so your smile looks as natural as ever. Call our office and book an appointment, because what is life if you can’t smile?