Our Columbia dentist office can handle all of your removable partial denture needs. A partial denture is for patients that want to replace some teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons and cannot have a bridge or do not wish to get dental implants. Removable partial dentures are referred to as “removable” due to the fact that a patient can take the denture out and reinsert as is needed.
Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum colored plastic bases that are connected by a metal framework for support purposes. These dentures attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments or metal clasps. From an aesthetic perspective precision attachments are preferred because they are nearly invisible. Crowns are sometimes required on the teeth surrounding your denture as they usually improve the fit of the denture.
Another type of partial denture is called a flexible based partial and does not have any metal. The clasps are also plastic and do not show when they are in your mouth. These partial dentures are much lighter and stretch around your gums for a comfortable fit.Your part
Your partial denture may feel awkward and bulky at first, but over time you will become accustomed to wearing them. Our Columbia dentist will advise you on how long you have to wear your dentures and when you are able to remove the denture. Initially, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. If you feel continued discomfort Dr. Joobbani will have you visit our Columbia dental office for an adjustment to the denture. Adjustments will allow the denture to fit more comfortably in your mouth.
Putting your partial denture in may take some practice, but after a while it will become much easier. Always use your hands to place your partial denture into your mouth and seat it completely before biting down on it. Never bite your partial into place as this could damage, distort, or break the clasps and denture.