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Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are attached to a plate that sit on top or bottom gum. Dentures are a popular treatment for missing teeth. Many elderly people totally rely on their dentures.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or two missing teeth. When a person suddenly loses a tooth due to an accident or collision, the partial denture is one way of replacing a lost tooth.
When the dentist is going to prepare partial dentures, he or she will take an impression of the affected area. This enables him or her to create a plate that will fit snugly on the roof of your mouth or under your tongue. This involves inserting a thick paste into the patient’s mouth and pressing it into place to give an accurate impression of the inner mouth, and with this impression, the dentist can handcraft the prosthetic tooth that is connected to the acrylic plate that fits snugly into position.
A partial denture can easily be removed and cleaned, and many people do not wear them when they are at home. You can simply pop your partial dentures into a glass of water prior to sleep. Most people use a special denture adhesive to ensure that the dentures remain firmly in place. Simply put a drop in 3 or 4 locations and that is enough to secure the dentures into place, even when eating hard foods.
If a person has lost two or three teeth, a partial denture plate with corresponding prosthetic teeth can be created. When the device is worn, you would not think the person has any missing teeth. The prosthetic teeth are identical in both colour and size, blending nicely with the wearer’s teeth and gums. When compared to dental implants, partial dentures are very affordable.
Cleaning & Care
Of course, it is important to take good care of your partial dentures. We recommend you buy the special cleansing tablets that you simply drop in water, which cleans the dentures overnight. You are advised to leave the denture plate in a glass of water, adding one cleaning tablet per night. When you wake up in the morning, don’t forget to rinse the dentures thoroughly to remove the cleaning solution.
Other Treatments For Missing Teeth
There are other ways to treat missing teeth, with dental implants being a permanent solution to missing teeth. The treatment involves inserting titanium pins into the jawbone, which bond with the tissue and jawbone to provide a solid anchor for prosthetic teeth. Dental implants are expensive but they do offer a long-term solution. The implants cannot be removed and should be cleaned the same as your regular teeth.
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If you have lost a tooth, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible and one of the possible solutions is partial dentures, which the dentist would create to fit your gums perfectly. It does take some getting used to wearing dentures of any kind, but after a couple of weeks, it becomes second nature.