Removable Partial Dentures
Are a Secure, Healthy Option
If several teeth are missing in either your upper or lower jaw, a removable partial denture – that is supported either by adjoining teeth or by an implant – can be used to replace the missing teeth, thus giving you the ability to chew more naturally, keep your remaining teeth from moving into the space left by the missing teeth, ensure proper jaw alignment, and support the structure of your face.
Removable partial dentures are a secure, healthy option for patients who are missing a series of teeth somewhere in the mouth. Although removable, they are anchored in the mouth, making it easy for you to talk, eat, drink, and go about your every day life, with confidence. You don’t have to worry that they will shift or move while you are trying to do regular activities.
However, because partial dentures are easily removed for brushing and cleaning, you can be sure you are keeping your surrounding teeth, gums and mouth as healthy as possible. Take out your partial dentures to clean them, brush your teeth, and remove any food particles, then put them back in to maintain your confident smile. Your dentist will be able to recommend the best practices for cleaning your dentures and the products which will work the best as well. You will also be advised about the length of time you will need to wear the dentures per day.
A removable partial denture is held in place either by clasps that hook on to adjoining teeth or by securing to the abutment of a titanium screw that is implanted in your jawbone. Either option will require some practice on your part as you get used to taking your dentures out of your mouth and putting them back in. Have your dentist practice with you before you leave the office and then give yourself time at home to get used to it.