What are partial dentures?

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Upper and/or lower partial dentures are designed to fill the gap created by missing teeth so you can smile without having to worry about a thing. Partials can be unclipped and removed if wanted, and can help you feel more confident if you are missing a small number of teeth.

There are a couple of options you may want to look into if you are considering wearing partial dentures:

Metal framework partial dentures

Metal framework partial dentures feature clasps that can attach onto natural teeth, keeping them in place, and you feeling secure. Slight movement in these partial dentures should be expected, even when your gums and bone tissue have time to get used to them, although you may feel more comfortable talking to your dentist about this.

Acrylic removable partial dentures

Some partial dentures are made almost entirely of acrylic – but just like metal framework dentures, acrylic dentures have wire clasps that attach to any remaining natural teeth. These are generally used as a cost-effective alternative to metal-based partial dentures. They can also be used for transitional dentures when you’re expected to have additional prosthetic treatments, such as implants, in the future.

Cleaning your partial denture

It’s important to take good care of them so they stay fresh and comfortable in your mouth. Adopting a daily cleaning regime is important to keep them looking their best. To help remove tough stains, soak your partial dentures in a denture cleaning solution, overnight – or as indicated by the directions on the pack.

Brushing your dentures using a special soft-bristled brush will help ensure you give your dentures a thorough clean and get rid of any leftover debris. Rinse your dentures thoroughly under running water to wash off the remaining solution before wearing them again so they feel fresh.

Adapted from https://www.mydenturecare.com/en-gb/expert-advice/getting-dentures/what-are-dentures/ , accessed July 2020