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Removable Dentures and Partials

Learn about removable dentures and partial dentures before making an appointment.

Learn about your Removable Denture options.

There are several choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth. When people are missing multiple teeth, a great solution to replace all the teeth in one arch with a removable denture or partial.

Removable dentures are an excellent non-invasive solution. These are dental appliances in which you are able to remove and are not permanently attached in your mouth.

Removable dentures are supported by surrounding tissues within the mouth, or the remaining teeth rather than being permanently attached. They can completely change someone’s life, allowing for easier chewing, as well as restoring speech and pronunciation and maintaining muscles.

Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures

These would be created for you if you are missing some of you teeth. These dentures latch on with a metal framework or all pink acrylic to the remaining teeth so that they can stay in place when being used. The partial will fill in the gaps in your mouth, and by doing so, give you function back that was lost.

Complete Dentures

When you have complete dentures, you are replacing all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.
In the upper jaw, the dentures are able to stay in place as there is a vacuum that is created between the denture and the palate of your mouth. Lower dentures rest on tissue and bone structure. If there is not enough bone in the lower jaw, implants are usually placed to offer support and keep the dentures in place.

Removable Denture Expectations and Reality

You will find that your body requires some time to adjust to your removable dentures, especially in the way that they feel in your mouth. You will possibly find them to be uncomfortable, and in some cases, chewing may also feel a little awkward.

It is important that you ensure your dentures are made to measure and are a comfortable fit. As they rely on suction to stay in place, if they do not fit the natural shape of your gums and palate, they may become loose.

Until you get used to using them, you will need to practice eating, speaking, and wearing your dentures. You may need multiple adjustment appointments after having your dentures delivered to ensure a comfortable fit.

Taking Care of Your Dentures

The overall health of your mouth will be dependent on your ability to take care of your dentures. This will also affect their durability.

You should follow these guidelines:

  • Just as you would with your natural teeth, brush your dentures two times a day using a toothbrush with soft bristles and dish soap.
  • Remove your dentures while you sleep. Your tissue needs to rest to stay healthy.
  • If they become damaged in any way, including being loose or breaking, make sure you take them to a dental office for quick repair.