Partial dentures

Partial dentures – sometimes referred to as removable bridges – are used to span the gaps left by teeth that have been lost.

They can be fitted to the lower or upper jaw. The replacement teeth are attached to a base, which may be all plastic, or a mix of metal and plastic and are usually anchored to remaining teeth by metallic clasps.

Denture Clinic partial dentures

 Partial dentures also known as removable bridges

Complimentary consultations

All partial denture wearers will also have to see one of our dentists as part of their dental examination. It is a legislative obligation that ensures the proper care of our patients.

Treatment plans will be jointly devised by our Practice Principal Steven Burchell DipCDT RCS(Eng), who has a dedicated interest in denture provision, and one of our dentists.

Our dentist will identify any issues with existing teeth or gums and oversee, if necessary, a programme to restore oral health before the partial denture is fitted.

The clinical dental technician and dentist partnership is the bedrock of the Denture Clinic success, with both of these disciplines of dentistry under one roof. By working as a team we can ensure the best possible treatment plan, in which you will be encouraged to contribute your views.

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.

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