A Removable partial denture is one that replaces one or more missing teeth. In this situation the patient has a set of remaining natural teeth and also a set of artificial teeth.
Removable partial denture can also be known as removable dental bridge.
Parts of a Denture
- Denture framework– This is the bulk of the denture which supports the artificial teeth
- Artificial Teeth
- Clasp-In some cases for added retention a metal clasp can be placed.
Advantages of Removable Denture
- Easy to use
- Less Expensive
Disadvantages of Removable Denture
- Less stable than fixed denture
- Aesthetics is not as good as compared to fixed partial denture.
Procedure for Getting Denture
- Impression of the missing teeth as well as the jaw taken
- A wax try in is done after placing teeth.
- Final Denture is delivered
How to Care for Partial Dentures
Partial dentures, like your natural teeth, just need thorough and regular brushing in order to remove food deposits and dental plaque. Unlike your natural teeth, partial dentures are very delicate and break easily, so it’s important to handle them with care.
Caring for your dentures
• When cleaning a partial denture, it’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in case you accidentally drop the denture.
• Do not use toothpaste since it can be too harsh for cleaning dentures.
• Some people use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures, which are both acceptable. However, most household cleaners are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures.
• Brush the denture each day to remove food deposits and plaque. The helps the denture from becoming permanently stained.
• It’s best to use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures because it has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable.
• Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture.
• Clean your dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic or bending the attachments.
• A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. Your dentist can recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.
• Don’t chew, swallow, or gargle with denture cleansers.
• Always thoroughly rinse the denture before placing it in your mouth.