Paradise Valley, AZ
While tooth loss is fairly common, affecting millions of American adults, it can still cause quite a number of issues in those who are affected by it.
Missing teeth can make it harder to smile with confidence, eat with ease, and even talk as clearly as you would prefer. However, just because tooth loss is fairly common, it does not mean you have to struggle with it in silence.
For those of you who are missing one or more of your permanent, adult teeth, you may find that partial dentures can help restore both your smile and your confidence. We can help you at David R. Moyer, DDS in Paradise Valley, AZ.
Should I Get Dentures?
Barring losing multiple teeth at once, it is not always obvious when you should decide to get full or partial dentures. Your dentist can sometimes spot early warning signs that some type of dentures may be necessary. It's important to catch these issues early as some forms of dentures can take several months to be fabricated and fitted in your mouth.
Full dentures are typically used when every tooth in your mouth has been lost or removed while partial dentures are typically utilized when you have some healthy teeth left that the dentist believes can be saved. Our dentist can help you decide which would be best for you.
Some of the early warning signs that you may need dentures include the feeling that multiple teeth in your mouth are shifting or coming loose, severe tooth pain and noticeable tooth decay, multiple teeth being lost putting painful pressure on the remaining teeth, bleeding gums, and difficulty eating hard foods without pain.
Once you decide to get dentures, the dentist will begin the process of making impressions of your jaw and taking specific measurements of your mouth. The dentist will also create a series of molds of your mouth that will, in essence, allow you to test drive different temporary denture fittings so you can give input on what feels best.
Once that process is complete, all of that information will be sent to a laboratory offsite where your actual dentures will be created.
What Is A Partial Denture?
While many people believe that dentures are only for those who have lost all of their teeth, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, even if you have only lost a few of your teeth, you may still benefit from partial dentures. Like a full denture, a partial denture also consists of an acrylic or plastic plate, as well as either plastic or porcelain prosthetic teeth. However, unlike a full denture, these are often attached to your own teeth through special clasps, which help hold them in place.
What Are the Advantages of Getting Partial Dentures?
There are numerous advantages to getting fitted with partial dentures. Not only can they help you have a more attractive smile and make it easier for you to eat and talk, they can also help you avoid complications with your own natural teeth in the future, too. Many people struggle with their teeth moving and shifting after the loss of a tooth, but a partial denture can help act as a placeholder, keeping your remaining teeth from becoming loose and falling out.
If you are struggling with tooth loss, it is understandable to want to find a reliable, long-term solution for your missing teeth. Whether you are missing all of your teeth or just some of them, you may find that a partial denture can help you feel more confident and comfortable.
Types of Partial Dentures
Cast Metal Clasp Removable Partial Dentures
With partial metal dentures, there is an alloy base that consists of cobalt and chrome. It then gets applied to your gums through the use of clasps that help to support it all.
Flexible Partial Denture
A flexible partial denture incorporates plastic that is able to bend and flex while blending with the mouth due to it being the same pink color as the gums. This makes them aesthetically appealing.
Acrylic Clasp Removable Partial Dentures
The acrylic partial denture consists of resin material and is very close to the metal type of partial. However, they lack the metal to help support the denture. The acrylic will also attach to the nearby teeth.
Implant Supported Fixed Bridge
Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that is held in place by dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely on adhesive or suction to stay in place, implant-supported dentures are attached to the implants using special attachments or connectors. This makes them much more secure and stable than traditional dentures, and they're less likely to slip or move around while you're speaking or eating.
Partial Dentures FAQs
How Do You Clean Partial Dentures?
You can use any cleaning solution designed for dentures as long as they are allowed to soak after being brushed.
Do Partial Dentures Need to Be Removed at Night?
Before going to bed, your dentures need to be removed in order for them to be cleaned.
Do I Need to Avoid Certain Foods with Partial Dentures?
You need to be aware that certain foods may need to be avoided if you wear dentures. This way you can avoid any damage. These foods include those that are hard or require you to chew more than normally. These will rapidly cause wear to the dentures. You may also need some time to adjust to your new dentures. This way, you will grow accustomed to them.
Request an Appointment for Partials Today!
Dentures can restore your quality of your life. For more information on dentures and partials in Paradise Valley, AZ, be sure to call or visit David R. Moyer, DDS today!
To learn more about your options with different types of partial dentures and understand what will suit your mouth best, feel free to call our team at 480.935.6295 for a consultation!