Advantages and Disadvantages of Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures are a great option for anyone who needs to replace a few missing teeth but does not want to invest in a full denture or dental implant. However, just like any type of treatment, Partial Dentures have their pros and cons. The key is to choose the right type of partial so that its benefits outweigh any negatives.

A removable partial denture is a denture that uses acrylic clasps to connect to nearby natural teeth. It is the most affordable of the partial denture types, but some people find it bulky and irritating. A permanent partial denture is more expensive, but it does not rely on the existing natural teeth to support it, making it more comfortable and attractive.

There are many different types of permanent partial dentures, and the dentist will select the one that best suits your mouth and your budget. The dentist will also take into account the health of your remaining teeth and gums when selecting a permanent partial.

In general, a fixed partial denture is less stable than a removable one, and the remaining natural teeth may need to be filed down for the appliance to fit properly. This can be a significant investment for some patients, and it is important to discuss the pros and cons of a fixed partial with your dentist or prosthetist before committing to the treatment.

It is normal to experience some discomfort at first when wearing a new denture, but this will improve as you get used to it. It is also important to visit the denture clinic regularly for cleanings and checkups, as this will ensure that bacteria and fungus are kept at bay.

Removable partial dentures must be removed at night and cleaned with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner, or a commercial cleaning tablet, to keep them free of bacteria and plaque that can damage the teeth and gum tissues. It is also a good idea to rinse the dentures with cool water after eating so that any food particles are removed and the mouth is kept moist.

If a removable partial denture breaks, it can cause pressure on the anchor teeth and gums, which can lead to tooth decay or bone loss. The dentist can reline the partial denture to improve its fit and comfort, or replace it entirely.

It can be difficult to speak clearly with a removable partial denture, as it can move around in the mouth when speaking. It is important to practice speaking with the partial in place, and to visit a speech therapist for help if necessary.

Removable partial dentures are prone to breaking, especially if they are not well-maintained. Keeping them clean is essential, and it is a good idea to invest in a high-quality cleaning solution that is designed for use on dentures. Visiting the denture clinic for regular cleanings and examinations will ensure that bacteria, fungus, and plaque are kept to a minimum.