Partial Dentures

Removable bridges are a less expensive way to replace missing teeth. A removable denture has replacement teeth attached to gum colored plastic, which will attach to your natural teeth with a clasp. The sub structure of the partial can be made of metal or plastic depending on the case.

Getting accustomed to wearing a removable partial is often the most difficult part for many patients. Having an dental appliance often will feel awkward at first however, most people with practice will become accustomed to it.

At Lake Pointe Dental in O’Fallon, IL, we care about our patients’ well-being and comfort. We provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to make your smile something you can be proud to show off. Please contact our office with questions you might have about removable partial dentures or other dental needs, including checkups!

Advantages of a Removable Partial Denture

If you are considering what kind of dentures you want, removable partial dentures might be a good option and can include many benefits.

  • Less expensive than implants or fixed bridges
  • Less invasive than most denture procedures
  • Prevent drifting when gaps in teeth occur
  • Provide the wearer confidence in their smile
  • Fewer problems adapting to this type of denture compared to complete dentures

Disadvantages of a Removable Partial Denture:

Not all dental appliances are a good fit for everyone, so some drawbacks to these types of dentures include:

  • Are less stable than implants or fixed bridges; patients can sometimes feel them move
  • Can be lost or broken
  • Some people find them uncomfortable to wear
  • Some people are embarrassed to take them out at night and for cleaning

Process for Obtaining Partial Dentures

To get your own removable partial dentures, your dentist will first perform a thorough examination to ensure you are a good candidate for these types of dentures. Then, they will fit you and design a set of dentures that works with your existing teeth shape and color.

After some adjustments, you will be able to go home with the partial denture and use it on a regular basis.

Caring for Removable Partial Dentures

In order to use the partial denture correctly, you must be sure to take it out each night to give your gum tissue and teeth some time to improve blood circulation, as the denture can apply pressure to them. Air circulation is also helpful at night when the denture is removed and gives the mouth a chance to remain healthy.

When not in use, place the partial denture in clean water. Denture cleaning tablets in water can be a useful way to keep the denture clean without using any abrasive substances or brushing it like you might a normal tooth.

When removing the partial denture or placing it inside your mouth, you should never bite on it but instead place it inside carefully with your fingers.

Contact Our O’Fallon, IL Dentists

If you are interested in learning more about removable partial dentures and how our team can help, contact Lake Pointe Dental today!