Why should I consider Partial dentures?
A gap left by missing teeth or a tooth in your upper or lower arch can mean your bite is affected. Over time surrounding teeth can ‘migrate’ and begin to lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth come together. This can then lead to food packing between the gaps, a common cause of decay and gum disease.
What are the other options?
The condition of existing teeth will drive the clinical decision, but there are usually two other credible options – a fixed dental bridge or an implant solution, where small, titanium screw-like devices are placed into the jawbone to support a restorative crown or bridge.
Plastic, or plastic and metal?
Metal partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and they are much stronger than their plastic counterparts. They are also lighter to wear and although the base is metal, have natural-looking aesthetics in which the teeth are set.
Could I have a dental bridge fitted straight after an extraction?
Sorry, no. It can take up to six months for your gums to heal properly after an extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture before the bridge is fitted to ensure there is no movement of adjacent, healthy teeth.
How do I care for my denture?
The general rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Always clean your denture over a bowl of water or a folded towel as they can break if dropped on to a hard surface.
Should I remove my denture at night?
We may recommend taking out your dentures at night to give your mouth a rest from the prosthetic. If you do, however, be sure to leave the denture in water to prevent warping or cracking.