Dentures & Partials

Dentures & Partials – Dental Solutions that Work!

Dentures and Partials for Seniors-Look Natural and Perfect Fit  | North Hunter Dental-Birmingham, MIKeeping Your Smile Looking Great!
Don't let missing teeth ruin an otherwise great smile and allow further complications like drifting of the surrounding teeth. It's important to consider a partial denture to improve your smile's appearance as well as improve your chewing ability and help prevent teeth from drifting. Wearing a partial denture is easy as it just pops into place, replacing the teeth that are missing.

Your New Partial Denture
A partial denture is a removable denture made up of one or more porcelain or plastic replacement teeth. The artificial teeth are attached to a gum colored plastic which has the underlying metal framework which holds it all together as a unit and gives it strength when place in your mouth. It is held in the mouth usually with a clasp or precision attachment made to fit into the existing teeth often hidden by crowns. Dentures are fabricated for your type of dental situation based on the number of teeth that need replacement. Talk to the denture experts at North Hunter Dental.

A Perfect Fit  – Seniors Dental Care at North Hunter Dental
Making sure your partial denture or dentures fit comfortably in your mouth is key to getting the most use out of it. Since it is worn on a daily basis, you want to make sure all the necessary adjustments are made so that it fits properly in your mouth. The partial is custom made to fit your mouth and may feel a bit awkward at first. Over time though your mouth will get used to it. A few tips to remember when first getting used to a new partial denture are:

  • 1.) Try eating softer foods at first. Cut your food up into smaller pieces so it's easier to chew and less stressful on your new partial. Always try to avoid really hard or sticky food as these can cause damage to the partial.

  • 2.) Talk carefully when pronouncing words as a new partial or denture may take some getting used to once it's in place.

  • 3.) Be careful when taking the partial out or placing the partial in your mouth. Do it gently as not to bend or break the framework. Never force it into place by biting down on it.

  • 4.) Be aware that sometimes wearing a denture or partial for too long a period of time can cause gum pain and soreness. Remove the partial at night when you sleep to give your gums a rest.

Proper Care of Your New Partial Denture

Taking proper care of your dentures or partial will ensure years of continued use and help keep your mouth healthy. Here a few useful tips to help maintain your partial denture:

  • 1.) Always rinse your partial after eating to remove food particles and prevent bad breath. Also, don't forget to brush the surface of your tongue.

  • 2.) Brush your partial over the sink filled with water to prevent it from falling onto the floor and breaking.

  • 3.) Try to use a soft denture brush with a mild liquid soap. Regular toothpaste may be too abrasive.

  • 4.) Clean around the clasps and be sure to remove any food particles or bacteria.

  • 5.) Soak your partial denture two to three times a week to help prevent staining and odor.

  • 6.) Soak your partial in water when you're not wearing it to keep it from drying out.

  • 7.) Don't forget to brush, floss and clean your other teeth daily as they are essential to hold your partial firmly in place.

Always take good care of and maintain cleaning your partial and it will give you many years of good use, improve your ability to chew evenly, improve your smile and help keep your mouth healthy. Should your partial ever become loose fitting, bent or broken, bring it in for adjustments. Our office prides itself in having some of the finest dental team members in the profession.