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Frequently Asked Questions About Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are removable natural-looking dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and restore their natural function. They are made from a combination of acrylic and metal, which strengthens them and makes them look natural.
Frequently asked questions about partial dentures
Some of the most frequently asked questions about partial dentures include:
How long should I wear my partial dentures?
The amount of time a person is required to wear a partial denture will be determined by the dentist. In some cases, the dentures might have to be worn all day, which can be uncomfortable. However, it is the quickest way to determine if some of the denture parts need to be adjusted. When the dentures have been adjusted to fit properly, the dentist will likely recommend wearing them all day but removing them before going to bed to avoid putting too much pressure on the gums.
Will I have to change my diet if I have partial dentures?
Partial dentures use artificial teeth to replace missing teeth. Since the artificial teeth are not as strong as natural teeth, a few dietary changes will have to be made. Dentists usually tell patients to start off with soft foods cut into little pieces, which are easier on the dentures. The dentist will also recommend chewing with both sides of the mouth to keep the pressure on the dentures even. However, sticky and hard foods have to be avoided so the dentures do not become damaged.
Will my speech be affected by the dentures?
Speaking with dentures takes some getting used to, but the adjustment period is usually short. People who have difficulty speaking with partial dentures in their mouths are told to practice reading out loud and repeating the words that are giving them problems. After a while, speaking with the dentures will become much easier.
How often do partial dentures have to be adjusted?
There is no predetermined amount of times to get partial dentures adjusted. The rule of thumb is to visit the dentist if the dentures do not fit properly to get them adjusted. However, as people get older, their mouth naturally changes, which affects the way the dentures fit. Loss of bone density can also cause the dentures to become loose and a trip to the dentist will be required to get them adjusted.
Should I sleep with dentures in my mouth?
Unless a dentist recommends it, partial dentures should be removed before going to bed to prevent the dentures from getting damaged and protect the gums from damage. The dentures should be cleaned before going to bed to remove the food particles that got stuck in them during the day and to clean the plaque on the surface of the artificial teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene also protects the mouth from gum disease.
Partial dentures are useful for replacing one or more missing teeth and significantly improve your ability to speak and chew. If you have more questions about dentures that were not addressed, schedule an appointment with your dentist to get more information.
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