Partial Dentures: How They Work and What Issues They Can Improve

Partial dentures usually consist of a removable replacement for any missing teeth and surrounding tissues as well. They also consist of pink or gum-colored plastic or metal bases for a better fitting. Based on the condition that the person's mouth is in, the dentist will design specific partial dentures. The dentist will examine the tooth’s situation and then design a temporary mold to get an idea of its fitting. After getting a better idea, the dentist will design a proper partial denture which will fit in the missing teeth space.

How partial dentures work

Partial dentures, both upper and lower, are designed in such a way that they work just like normal teeth. They are attached to a metal or plastic frame which is designed in such a way to fit exactly the missing teeth space. Partial dentures not only fill the space with teeth, but they also provide a solid grip allowing for a better smile.

Partial dentures work when if there are one or more teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are bridges which replace the teeth space and are fixed to other real teeth by crowns. Partial dentures are helpful in providing a "real teeth feeling" in place of the missing teeth, but they also provide a better hold. These are helpful to maintain a better position of the other remaining teeth. By keeping the real teeth in position and holding the new ones, these partial dentures provide a natural look.

In some cases, partial dentures are made of acrylic and metal-like framework dentures; they also have wire clasps. These wire clasps help the dentures to attach to the remaining real teeth. These are normally used as less costly alternatives for metal partial dentures.

After putting them in place, partial dentures may feel a little awkward in the start. However, if there are any spots that don't feel right, be sure to contact the dentist so that a better hold can be placed. 

Improvements that partial dentures provide

Partial dentures have many benefits and can improve a person's overall life in many ways. They are a less costly solution compared to full dental implants. Some other improvements they will bring are listed below.

Improved and natural smile

Partial dentures may initially feel uncomfortable, but they will bring that natural smile back to life. They can also give better support to the jaw while also providing a better overall look.

Comfortable eating

Eating with dentures will take some practice. However, with time, it will become easier. You should start with soft foods initially, and talk with the dentist about any discomfort while chewing food. Eventually, chewing foods will feel more natural, and you won't think anything of it.

Improved speaking

Partial dentures will also make your speaking easy and comfortable. Normally when we lose teeth, speaking becomes slightly changed and in some cases, awkward. At the start, one may feel some difficulty pronouncing certain words, but with enough practice, it becomes just as natural.

The bottom line

Partial dentures can be the best economical solution to a missing teeth problem. They are a non-invasive solution and give you a natural-looking smile. If you get properly fitting dentures, it will be a blessing to your overall look as well as many other aspects of life. 

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3 Tips From a Preventive Dentist to Protect Your Natural Teeth

Natural teeth serve a very important function, and a preventive dentist can ensure they stay protected. They are the first line of the digestive system as they are used to grind down food into smaller bits that can be easily swallowed. Teeth also help in speech and communication. They are necessary to pronounce certain words, like those that contain the letter "T", and they are also used to communicate non-verbal messages, like how friendly a person is.

Natural teeth are the strongest part of the body. They are even stronger than a person's bones. However, teeth are also exposed to more things that can damage them than other parts of a person's body. For example, when a person eats, their teeth have to withstand significant forces as they grind down on food. Teeth are also exposed to corrosive acids that are found in certain foods, like citrus fruits and acids that are manufactured by oral bacteria.

For many people, the end result of this constant bombardment is the eventual loss of some of their natural teeth. Fortunately, all of that can be avoided. A person can increase the odds of their teeth lasting a lifetime by taking good care of them.

How to protect natural teeth

1. Practice good oral hygiene

The best foundation for healthy teeth is good oral hygiene. Oral hygiene helps to reduce the bacteria count in the mouth and it removes things that can damage teeth like plaque, food particles and acids. These things tend to be most harmful to teeth when they are left on them for extended periods.

  • Good oral hygiene starts with brushing teeth at least two times every day. One of those times should be in the morning before or after breakfast, while the second brushing session should be right before going to bed
  • Saliva serves as a natural cleaner for teeth, and its production is reduced while a person sleeps. Combine that with the fact food particles and bacteria have had all day to accumulate on the teeth and one gets a recipe for tooth decay
  • Flossing is also a major aspect of good oral hygiene. The bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach the tight spaces between a person's teeth so floss is needed to remove plaque and food particles from these spaces
  • Patients should consider adding a quality antibacterial mouthwash to their oral hygiene routine. This helps to clean the places even floss cannot reach and kill bacteria

2. Eat wisely

As was mentioned earlier, there are many foods and beverages that can damage a person's teeth. Foods that contain lots of sugar should be avoided as well as those that are acidic in nature. When these types of foods are eaten, the mouth should be rinsed with water afterward.

3. Visit a preventive dentist biannually

Visiting a preventive dentist twice a year goes a long way when it comes to protecting natural teeth. Tartar is removed from teeth surfaces and an oral examination is performed. This gives the dentist a chance to detect any developing issues before significant damage is done to the person's teeth.

Take good care of your teeth and the odds of you ever losing them during the course of your life is significantly reduced. Talk to a dentist to learn more about oral care.

Get started!

The sooner you start, the better your chances of preventing poor oral health! Contact a preventive dentist for more information about how to best protect your natural teeth.

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While choosing a new dentist in your area is definitely convenient, it is still necessary for you to make sure you are choosing a dentist with whom you feel comfortable, as your goal is to have a long-term relationship with them.

Visiting a local dentist

Many dental offices encourage new potential patients to come by and meet the dental team before making a commitment. This is a great idea and definitely encouraged for all ages, with a dental meet-and-greet being especially beneficial for the younger ages. Visiting a dental office and the entire dental team allows one to get a good understanding of the dynamics of that particular dental office and whether that particular dental office is going to be right for them.

During the visit, any and all questions someone has should be asked at this time. Examples of questions can include: How long have you been in practice? Are there dental areas you specialize in? Are you current on all the latest dentistry methods? Do you offer emergency dental services?

Why are regular dental visits important?

A regular dental exam is essential, as it can detect any existing dental problems before they can become a real problem. When any dental problems are found in their initial stages, they will be much easier to treat.

A dental examination first requires X-rays. A dental professional will then perform a visual inspection of the mouth in order to check for oral cancer, cavities, plaque and tartar. If any treatments are necessary, a treatment plan will be made. The dental professional will then provide the patient with a dental cleaning, which helps keep the teeth super clean and healthy.

How long does a dental exam take?

Most of the time, a dental exam will take anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour to complete. This is considered to be a short amount of time for checking up on one's dental health. Because so many people are busy nowadays, many dental offices are expanding their hours in order to accommodate those who find it difficult to make it to the dental office on a regular basis.

Ready to make your next dental exam?

Are you currently looking for a Ballston Spa dentist? Once you find a dentist in your city who meets all your criteria and with whom you feel comfortable, you need to make sure to schedule regular dental exams. Since everyone is different, your new dentist may recommend that you come in for a dental exam every six months, 12 months or even every 18 months.

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How should your dentures fit?

Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. Their purpose is to allow you to eat, speak, laugh and smile just as you would if your original teeth were still healthy and present. If the dentures are hindering any of these activities, then there is a chance something is wrong.

Traditional dentures should fit in the mouth and not slide or irritate the gums. Partial dentures that fit well will line up with the natural teeth with minimal movement. For full dentures, the top should suction smoothly to the gum, while the bottom should float just above the gum.

The bite should be strong and comfortable. If your dentures do not fit as they should, it is time to schedule a visit with the dentist.

When should dentures be fixed?

If you have problems with your dentures, try to resolve them immediately. Ignoring a small problem can quickly become a much larger issue.

Ignoring a minor repair can turn into a nightmare. You might experience discomfort, painful mouth sores, cuts and have a hard time eating and speaking.

Make an appointment with a dentist if you notice any of the following:

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  • Bleeding or swelling of the gums
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  • Changes in speech

The dentist will look at your mouth, bones and the dentures to determine the problem. They can say if an adjustment, repair or full replacement of the dentures is required.

Adjustments

Never try to repair dentures at home. You might only need a slight adjustment to stop the discomfort. However, a poor attempt can result in a much more costly repair or even replacement. Small accidents like dropping your dentures can create a need for adjustment. The dentist may fix the lining or other parts of the dentures to help create a better fit.

Repairs

Chips or cracks in the dentures require immediate repair. Left alone, sharp and uneven surfaces can cut the soft tissue in your mouth, irritate the gums and grow larger.

This damage can get worse over time. A simple repair now is better than a full replacement if the damage is ignored.

Replacements

You typically need to replace your dentures every 10 years if you take care of them properly. Over time, they will stain and discolor regardless of how well you care for them.

While chips and cracks often only require a repair, a severe fracture will require a total replacement. The longer a small problem is overlooked, the sooner a full replacement will become necessary.

Do your dentures fit well?

If you are concerned that your dentures need an adjustment, repair or replacement, then there is only one thing to do next.

Call and schedule a consultation to ensure that your dentures are not doing more harm than good.

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How should your dentures fit?

Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. Their purpose is to allow you to eat, speak, laugh and smile just as you would if your original teeth were still healthy and present. If the dentures are hindering any of these activities, then there is a chance something is wrong.

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The bite should be strong and comfortable. If your dentures do not fit as they should, it is time to schedule a visit with the dentist.

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If you have problems with your dentures, try to resolve them immediately. Ignoring a small problem can quickly become a much larger issue.

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Call and schedule a consultation to ensure that your dentures are not doing more harm than good.

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