Do you have damaged teeth that need to be removed? Or have you already had some of your teeth removed? Teeth loss can occur due to several reasons. Getting older, gum diseases and extensive cavities can lead to loss of teeth, resulting in speech disorders, and change in facial appearance as well as difficulties in chewing. The good news is that you can still save your beautiful smile by replacing lost teeth with partial dentures.
What Are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures, also referred to as false teeth, are removable dental apparatuses that are attached to your existing teeth with precision attachments or clasps to fill gaps in your smile. The cost of partial dentures will vary depending on the crowns, tooth extractions and other dental work you may need before the apparatus is created.
At first, your partial denture may feel unnatural or bulky, but over time, you will get more accustomed to the apparatus. You will need to practice inserting and removing your denture before you get the hang of it. Never force it into place since it could break or bend the attachments.
You may also find it uncomfortable to chew with your dentures on. It will take some getting used to before you totally feel comfortable while eating. Try cutting your food into small pieces and use both sides of your mouth to chew. Avoid consuming hard and sticky foods as recommended by your dentist.
To improve your speech, try reading aloud to yourself and practice words that you have trouble with until you can speak normally. It is recommended that you remove your partial dentures and place them in a soaking solution or a cup of water while you sleep to allow your gums to relax.
Post-Operative Care For Partial Denture Treatment
- Brush your natural teeth twice a day and ensure that you clean your tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth using a soft brush
- Before cleaning your dentures, soak them in water to remove any minute food particles. While cleaning your denture, hold it over a towel or a bowl in case it slips out of your hands
- Use the denture cleaning solution that your dentist will provide and be careful not to scrub too hard to avoid causing cuts in the surface
- If your denture has a soft lining, ask your dentist to recommend the right denture cleaning solution to use
- Partial dentures can increase the flow of saliva, so you have to swallow more often until you get accustomed to using them
- When coughing, yawning or sneezing, make sure that you place a hand over your mouth to prevent the denture from being dislodged
Visit Your Dentist To have Your Partial Dentures Adjusted
When you start wearing your partial dentures, pay close attention to any tight or loose areas that need adjustment. This will help you prevent infections or sore spots from developing. You are required to visit your dentist regularly, so that he or she can make any additional adjustments as your mouth changes with age.
If you are considering getting partial dentures, you need to find a professional dentist to examine, design and create your oral apparatus. Dr. Alex Rubinov offers a wide range of dental services, including partial dentures. To further discuss your treatment plan, contact us today!