Everything You Need to Know About Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a detachable, yet natural-looking dental tool that aids to restore the appearance and purpose of your jaw by replacing one or numerous lost teeth. Partial dentures are created from a combination of metal and acrylic – which provide them the strength to handle your needs for chewing and speaking, while in addition looking natural.

Why Would I Need Partial Dentures?

When you lost one or more teeth, the bite pressures change in your mouth. Other teeth could start to move to balance the “gap” in your bite, and you could experience shrinking of both the soft tissues and the supporting bone close to your missing teeth.

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This can change your physical appearance and can lead to later problems with your other teeth. A partial denture maintains the fundamental structures of your mouth – your facial muscles, jawbone, gums, etc. – active and engaged. It helps avoid further shifting of the other teeth in your mouth, whilst giving you the confidence of boast a beautiful, complete smile.

What are Partial Dentures Made From?

Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to create. But unless they are designed very cautiously they can injure the teeth they fit against.

Metal partial dentures are typically made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium, and they are a lot stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth. Even though the base is metal, they have gum-coloured plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them. They are more high-priced than plastic ones.

More Benefits of Partial Dentures


Partial dentures are a less-invasive alternative that in addition tends to be less pricey than other options for replacing missing teeth. They do need a bit of maintenance but are trouble-free to get used to and, for a lot of patients, do an outstanding job of restoring beauty and functionality to that part of their mouth. Daily cleaning of your partial denture is vital but is a simple process that will keep your gums healthy and your partial denture looking great.

Partial dentures are an appropriate solution when the other teeth in your mouth are healthy. It is always preferable to maintain your natural teeth, on the other hand, if this is not an alternative, a full denture might be the right resolution for you.

How Do I Look After My Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures could break if you drop them. constantly clean your denture over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop it.

To clean your dentures, the universal rule is: brush and soak every day. Brush your dentures first, to help out remove any bits of food. Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner, not toothpaste. Be cautious not to scrub too hard as this could cause grooves in the surface.

Make certain you brush all the surfaces of the dentures, as well as the surface that fits against your gums. This is especially vital if you use some kind of denture fixative.

Soak your dentures daily in a denture-cleaning solution. This will help get rid of any plaque and stubborn stains that are left. It will also help out disinfect your dentures, leaving them feeling fresher. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Don’t keep your dentures in all night unless there are specific reasons for you to keep them in.

If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dental team.

Additional Considerations

Can I Eat with Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are intended to provide you every form and function of natural teeth. It could take a short time for you to adjust to your new partial denture, but sooner or later, you will be able to benefit from most of the foods that you love. You’ll want to start with soft foods and have to take care to chew slowly and on both sides of the mouth. Mainly; hard or sticky foods should be evaded.

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Can I Sleep with Partial Dentures in My Mouth?

The safe, healthy alternative is to not sleep with your partial denture in place. Sleeping with partial dentures is not suggested for several reasons. Partial dentures are intended to be cleaned outside the mouth – which as well gives the opportunity to make sure no food particles are stuck under or around the partial.

Proper oral care and keeping you partial denture clean is essential for the general health of your gums. From a physical standpoint, your gums will benefit from the chance to rest and recover. In addition, some patients may grit their teeth in their sleep. This force can cause damage to both natural teeth and dentures.

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Dr. Wade J. Riley, DDS
I have been a family dentist in Phoenix, Arizona for over two decades. Arizona is my home, and I would never want to leave here for the world. I'm happily married to the dazzling Karen with two bustling boys.

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