Partial dentures are dentures that you can get if you are missing some teeth but still have some natural teeth. These partial dentures can be removable or a fixed, implanted bridge. They have a base that is the same color as your gums. They blend in with the appearance of your natural teeth. They also keep your natural teeth from shifting over time. You can get comfortable partial dentures at Southern Dental.
When there are nearby natural teeth, fixed bridges are used to fill the space between teeth. This involves attaching the false tooth to a crowned tooth on either side of the space and attaching the bridge permanently. These are not removable. A bridge can also be attached to dental implants. Dental implants are attached to the jaw bone surgically. A fixed bridge can also replace the front teeth. For this, the false teeth are attached to a metal band and then attached to crowns at either side of the bridge. Fixed bridge dentures can be cleaned along with natural teeth using toothpaste and a toothbrush. To floss a fixed bridge, you will need a floss threader. Your dentist can teach you how to use this.
When there are not enough nearby natural teeth, removable partial dentures are used. These are a row of false teeth attached to each other. They are held in place by clasps that attach to natural teeth. These can be removed by the patient for nightly cleaning. Dentures should be cleaned with special mild cleansers and a soft brush. Regular toothpaste is too harsh. They can also be soaked in denture cleaning solution overnight. Soaking them in water or cleaning solution will prevent them from drying out. If dentures dry out, they may warp and lose their proper fit. Be sure to brush all surfaces of the dentures, including the underside where they touch the gums.
You can eat all your favorite foods with partial dentures or bridges, although it will take some practice to become comfortable with it. Starting with small pieces of foods that are soft is a good way to begin. There are some foods you should avoid in order to protect your dentures, such as sharp-edged, hard or sticky foods.
You can get more information about acquiring comfortable partial dentures at Southern Dental. Whether you need a fixed bridge or removable partial dentures, there is a partial denture solution that is just right for you!