Partial dentures, are used to fill in any gaps left by missing teeth. They are usually made from their plastic or a metal allow. To keep them in place they are securely attached to your remaining teeth with metal clasps or flexible, tooth-coloured clasps.
What are the Differences in Material?
Plastic partial dentures are generally much cheaper than the metal variety, but can damage the gums surrounding the teeth. Metal alloy bridges are made from an alloy, usually of chromium cobalt, and are much stronger than plastic bridges. They are comfortable to wear and will cause no damage to the gums surrounding the teeth to which they are attached.
The Smile Centre can advise you on which type of partial denture will best suit your own individual needs. Bridges can only be used in the mouth if you have enough strong teeth to which they can be securely attached.
How Comfortable are they?
Although they may cause some slight discomfort to begin with, most patients get used to partial dentures within a few weeks. They are then able to speak and eat normally again, without having to worry about missing teeth.
How do you Insert and Remove them?
You will receive instructions on inserting and removing the partial denture, which you should follow very carefully. Never bite down on the bridge or try to force it into position. The metal clasps which attach them to nearby teeth are quite delicate and may bend or break if subjected to excessive force.
How do you Take Care of them?
In the same way as complete dentures, you will need to remove and gently brush your partial dentures every day to remove any plaque or food debris and to help to prevent the build-up of stains. Partial dentures need to be cleaned very carefully so that you can avoid damaging the base or clasps.
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