For partial tooth replacement, removable partial dentures are an excellent choice. They will usually have replacement teeth fixed to an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. The acrylic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth which holds your partial denture in place.
On the other hand, full dentures can be used to replace all your teeth. They too will have a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth.
How to Care for Partial Dentures
- Dentures and partial dentures may break if they fall and hit a hard surface. Before you clean them, be sure to fill the sink with water or lay a soft towel down.
- Rinse denture/partial under warm water after each meal to remove loose food debris. (Boiling or excessively hot water can cause the denture to warp and not fit properly.)
- Dentures should be brushed daily with a soft tooth brush or soft denture brush.
- Dentures can be brushed with warm water, soap or denture paste. (Do not use regular toothpaste. It is too abrasive and can cause scratches in the acrylic.)
- To remove light stains and loosen plaque buildup, cleaning tablets can be used while your denture is soaking in water. (Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions; each type/brand is different.)
- After soaking, be sure to rinse thoroughly under warm water before re-inserting into your mouth. Mouthwash may be used after rinsing with water to give a fresh taste and feeling.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants may be used to “anchor” your dentures. An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to dental implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.