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The FAQs of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are an affordable way to replace multiple missing teeth. These oral prosthetics are custom made for each patient, and the process takes about two weeks. Partial dentures restore the appearance and function of missing teeth, and you do not have to deal with invasive procedures like surgery to replace your missing teeth with them.
Frequently asked questions about partial dentures
Thinking about giving partial dentures a try? Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have:
1. Who is eligible for partial dentures?
Anyone with missing teeth should consider replacing them with partial dentures. It only involves two trips to the dentist to get a patient fitted with partial dentures. The first appointment involves evaluating the patient and taking an impression of their teeth. The impression is sent to a lab where restorations like partial dentures are made. During the second visit, the patient gets their dentures, and the dentist educates them about how to clean and maintain them.
2. What separates partial dentures from complete denture sets?
Full denture sets are designed for people who have lost most of their natural teeth. They can be removable devices or permanently attached to implants. Partial dentures are used only to replace a few teeth, and they are typically removable appliances. Unlike removable dentures that are typically held in place via suction, partial dentures are often attached to the teeth closest to the space in the patient’s mouth, making them more stable in the mouth than traditional complete denture sets.
3. What foods can I eat while wearing partial dentures?
There is no need to make significant changes to your diet when wearing partial dentures. The most significant issue patients typically have when eating with dentures is cleaning food particles off their prostheses after meals. Chewy, sticky foods are the worst since these tend to cling to the artificial teeth and the framework of partial dentures.
4. How do I take care of partial dentures?
Properly cleaning partial dentures daily increases their longevity. Patients are advised to use a special brush made for cleaning dentures and appropriate cleaning solutions. Attempting to clean dentures with toothpaste can damage the oral prosthetic since such products contain abrasive ingredients. Dentures should also be soaked in denture solution or water whenever they are not being used. This keeps the denture fresh and allows it to retain its shape.
5. How long does it take to adjust to partial dentures?
It can take up to a few weeks to get used to having partial dentures in your mouth while you speak and eat. Patients often find themselves struggling to pronounce some words, especially if doing so requires using their artificial teeth to make the sound. Over time, the dentures will start to feel natural in the person’s mouth.
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