Partials and Dentures
Dentures and partials are removable prosthetics that can be taken out of the mouth. They usually replace many teeth. They support themselves partly on the gum and underlying bone, and in part on the remaining teeth if there are any.
Dentures and partials usually require a few weeks of adaptation. In addition, they require adjustments from time to time. In fact the mouth, contrary to dentures, is alive, and continues to evolve. After a few years, dentures and partials are not stable anymore and new ones must be made.
Types of removable prosthetics
- Complete removable (or denture): when there are no teeth left whatsoever, we replace them with a resin-based denture that has to be supported as much as possible by the gums.
- Partial removable (or partial): it is a rigid metal-based prosthetic that supports itself on the gums and the remaining teeth with the help of hooks. It is slightly more stable than the complete removable denture because of the support obtained by the teeth.
- Removable prosthetic on implants: This type of prosthetic allows a lot more stability especially if there are no teeth left on the upper and lower jaws. The implants are first installed surgically, and the removable prosthetic is then attached either by snapping on, sliding on, or by magnets.
Maintenance of dentures and partials
It is important to brush the teeth, the gums, and the prosthetics after each meal. Partials that have hooks retain more dental plaque, increasing the risk of cavities. Proper hygiene is therefore essential.
Dentures and partials must be removed while sleeping and left in a glass of water or a cleaning solution purchased in pharmacies. It is important not to wear them for 24 hours a day.
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