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Partial dentures, as the name suggests, are dentures used to bridge the gap between teeth in a part of the mouth. The method of attachment of the dentures to the existing teeth differs from denture to denture. The material of the denture also varies. You will be given a particular partial denture depending upon your personal needs and the dental hygiene of your mouth.
One method of fixation of the dentures is using clasps, which hook onto existing teeth on either side of the gap. These are usually not very well fitted and can loosen easily. The more precise and snug dentures are, the more they will cost. However, the better a denture fits in your mouth, the easier it is for you to go about your daily activities and the less you have to worry about the dentures falling out or shifting while you have them on. The bridge denture is a fixed partial denture, which uses the adjacent teeth to bridge the gap. The teeth on either side are ground slightly to make room for the crowns that will be fitted into them to hold the replacement teeth in the form.
Partial dentures can be made with different materials, such as acrylic or metal. The metal dentures are much more durable, comfortable and natural looking than the acrylic denture.

When will I need a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures are most often used when a tooth or a few teeth are missing. This can happen due to injury or tooth extraction caused by tooth decay or any other dental issue. It is essential that the gap created by the missing tooth be filled so as to prevent the other teeth from shifting around and loosening.
When a dentist extracts your teeth or tooth, they will discuss with you the various options available to cover the gap created. Once you have made a decision and chosen the specifics of your denture, the dentist will then take an impression of your gap and the surrounding teeth. This will be sent to the laboratory where a customized denture will be made within a few weeks.
Initially, the denture may seem uncomfortable and will be difficult to wear all the time. It is very important that you wear the denture as much as possible in the initial stages to ensure that no shifting occurs after the tooth removal. Once your teeth have become stable again, you can begin to wear the denture occasionally. By this time, you will have adapted to the change.
If after some time you are still experiencing pain or discomfort, visit your dentist as soon as you can. A simple adjustment to the denture is usually a sufficient fix. Speaking and eating may be a bit altered at the time, but it will not last for long.

Denture hygiene

It is imperative to be cautious about the hygiene of your denture in the same way as you were about your normal oral hygiene. Daily cleaning of the denture is necessary. Denture specific cleansers are available and must be used to keep the dentures clean.
Precautions should be taken to prevent the dentures from falling. Dentures can easily break and/or chip. Place a towel underneath the dentures when you are cleaning them and place them in a container when they are not in use. At night, put your dentures in water. It is necessary to keep them moist at all times.

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