Partial Dentures Explained

A partial denture is a removable appliance replacing one or more missing natural teeth and associated tissues. It is supported by the natural remaining teeth and gums. It replaces what is lost and preserves what is left.Partial dentures can be made of two types of material – acrylic or cobolt-chrome (Vitallium) base. There are then choices of acrylics and metals that can be used as the denture base, which vary in strength, colour and thickness.

All remaining natural teeth need to be checked and cleaned by a Dentist prior to construction of a partial Denture. This will ensure that the natural teeth are healthy enough to support the artificial teeth and also helps in colour selection to match shades.Partial dentures need to be checked regularly as do the natural teeth, to maintain good oral health and improve the survival rate of natural teeth and healthy gums.

A partial Denture is essential for the conservation of natural teeth, wear and tear is minimised by distributing the chewing forces between natural and artificial teeth. Health of the gums is imperative for reducing tooth loss.

The retention of a partial denture is obtained by attachment to natural teeth, using a stainless steel or metal clasps. Metal clasps are precise fitting and will not wear your teeth but food will collect around them, which can cause plaque.

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Proper cleaning after each meal and oral hygiene is paramount.Dentures are not permanently fixed in the oral cavity and therefore need to be taken out at night. For case studies

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