Partials and dentures are dental appliances used to replace missing teeth, allowing a person to once again enjoy a bright, full smile. They also enable clearer speech and a return to eating a wide array of foods. If a patient needs a replacement for all their teeth, then full dentures (complete dentures) are required. If they have some natural teeth remaining, a partial (partial denture) is called for.
All dentures, whether full or partial, do the same jobs. They help you chew and talk normally, keep your remaining teeth from shifting (if you have any remaining teeth), and fill spaces to give you a full smile.
Complete dentures come in two types: conventional or immediate. Just like the name says, immediate dentures are made before a patient’s teeth are extracted and are ready to be worn right after all extractions are finished. Because bone tissue and gums are swollen after multi-extractions, they shrink over time. Even two weeks see a dramatic reduction in the swelling of the gums. Immediate dentures then only function as a temporary solution and are replaced when conventional dentures are ready. That can take two to three months for placement. At Brookstone Dental Care, we work with you to make sure you have the best fit possible, ensuring your comfort and great oral health!
If a patient has some natural teeth or even most of their teeth remaining, partials fill in the gaps. Partial dentures are made from a natural or gum-like plastic base in which artificial teeth are placed. They’re secured by a metal or tooth-colored framework. Partials correct the often-serious chewing and bite imbalance caused by significant gapping in teeth.
Dentures must be cleaned daily. Plaque builds up on dentures and leads to bacteria accumulation on the gums. Remove your dentures and brush them with a denture brush using a mild denture cleaner. Don’t use regular toothpaste or toothbrushes. These are too abrasive. Rinse well after cleaning. Gently clean your gums and any remaining natural teeth with a wet toothbrush and toothpaste.
Always take your dentures out when you sleep. Your gums need time to get refreshed and rested. Place your dentures in some warm (not hot) water overnight.
If you’re looking for the best dentures or partials in Phoenix, or have any other dental needs, please visit us at Brookstone Dental Care.