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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Removable Partial Dentures


Rendering of removable partial dentureThere are many reasons why you might lose teeth. They might fall out on their own, or they might need some help with an extraction. No matter what the cause, tooth loss is a big deal. Replacing your missing teeth is important for restoring your oral health and normal everyday functioning. Revive Dental and Implant Center provides many options for tooth replacement, including partial dentures.

What are Partial Dentures?


A partial denture, or partial, is a common traditional treatment replaces several consecutive teeth. It is a removable prosthesis consisting of fake teeth on a rigid acrylic base. The base, which is made to mimic your actual gums, uses the soft tissue for support. A partial denture is almost exactly like a complete denture. The biggest difference between the two, aside from the number of teeth they are meant to replace, is that the partial denture contains metal clasps. These clasps are meant to attach to your healthy teeth for more support.

What Can I Expect with a Partial Denture?


Your partial denture is custom created using impressions that we take during your consultation. It may take a few appointments to ensure an optimal fit. Even after making sure that it fits properly, you might still notice some discomfort for a time after you receive your final partial denture. This is completely normal. The discomfort and awkwardness do go away as you get used to the restoration. However, should you notice significant pain, that the pain doesn’t go away, or that it gets worse, give us a call right away. We will take a look at your denture to see what adjustments might be needed.

What Do I Need to Know About Denture Care?


Just like your natural teeth, your partial denture requires regular daily care. The care you give your partial denture, however, is different than how you care for your real teeth. First, the denture needs to be taken out of your mouth. While you need to brush it, do not use toothpaste. Toothpaste can cause scratches that provide ideal hiding places for bacteria.

After brushing your partial denture, it should be left out of your mouth while you sleep. This gives your gums a chance to rest. The pressure from the denture can be too much for the tissue, so the rest at night allows the tissue to breathe and heal. Store your denture in a glass of water to prevent warping. If you have small children or pets in your home, make sure that you store your partial denture where it cannot be accessed.

Do I Have Other Options?


While a removable partial denture might be a common option, it is not the only one. If you are only missing a small number of teeth, a bridge may be used. Depending upon the condition of your jawbone, as well as a review of your medical history and lifestyle, you might even be a candidate for a partial fixed bridge using dental implants.

If you have lost a section of teeth, a partial denture can provide you with an effective replacement that restores the functions of your teeth, restores your oral health, and improves your quality of life.

We offer same-day implants and dentures, as the name implies, are made in our office and fitted for your mouth all in one visit! With our in-house laboratory we are able to make your teeth in one day. That means no waiting period, you get to walk out in one day with your new smile. For more information, and to find out if a partial denture is a right solution for you, call Revive Dental and Implant Center at (304) 467-4265 today.
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