If your smile is missing just a few teeth, partial dentures can help improve the look and functionality of your mouth and prevent several oral health issues from developing in the future. At Central Maine Denture, Patrick Allen, LD offers high-quality dentures for his patients in Bangor, Maine, and the surrounding communities. Call today or request a consultation online to learn more.
Partial dentures are removable dental appliances that improve your smile by filling in the gaps where you’re missing teeth. Most of the time, partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a custom-made cast-metal base. Depending on your needs, Patrick designs a partial denture specifically for your mouth.
Tooth loss can cause your nearby teeth to tilt or drift into the empty space, in some cases causing your jawline to shift as well. This movement can affect your bite and put additional stress on your teeth.
By preventing your teeth from shifting, partial dentures protect your overall oral health. They also make it easier for you to eat and speak, all while improving the look of your smile.
Over the course of several appointments, Patrick manufactures a partial denture customized to fit your needs. First, he examines your mouth, taking an impression of your existing teeth and recording your bite. He also evaluates the color, shape, and size of the teeth he will be replacing.
Most partial dentures are fabricated from a custom cast-metal frame. Rest seats are often cut into your natural teeth by a dentist to help seat the partial into place. Usually a cast-metal partial is thinner, lighter, and tighter. Adjustments are usually needed after placement to help your mouth acclimate to the denture.
Acrylic-based partial dentures might also be an option. These are usually placed when a patient has questionable remaining dentition and may need future extractions; teeth can usually be added to an acrylic-based partial. Some patients opt for an acrylic-based partial while healing from extractions, prior to having a cast-metal partial fabricated.
It’s important to maintain the surrounding natural teeth with regular cleanings from a general dentist or independent hygienist.
It’s important to properly care for your partial denture to ensure its longevity. You should use a soft-bristled brush to clean it, as you would your natural teeth, and you should soak the denture in water when it’s not in your mouth.
As time goes on, the fit of your removable partial denture can change. Your jawbone can shrink, and food can get trapped in the space underneath it as a result. Patrick can adjust your partial denture and provide the necessary relines to ensure that your appliance fits comfortably.
To learn more about partial dentures, call Central Maine Denture or book an appointment online today.