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What are Partial Dentures?

If you find yourself with a few missing teeth in one particular area of your mouth, a partial lynnwood dentures could be just the solution you are looking for! Partial dentures are a removable solution to restore the form and function of your smile. Partials are fabricated by your dentist specifically for your mouth using acrylic material to provide stability as you talk and chew. If you are able to tolerate metal, a partial denture made of a mixture of acrylic and metal is a more durable choice. However, if you have a metal allergy, speak with your dentist to see if an all acrylic partial would be best.

Why might I need a partial denture?

Missing multiple teeth in one area of your mouth can cause some trouble for your remaining, healthy teeth. Allowing spaces to remain gives your other teeth room to shift and cause gaps in other areas to compensate for the change in your bite. Loss of gum tissue and supporting bone structure can cause changes in your facial appearance and lead to problems with your other teeth.

Additional benefits of a partial denture

Partial dentures are a less expensive, less invasive option than others may be. They are removable which makes them very easy to clean and maintain. Through the years, if you feel your partial needs an adjustment, you dentist can take care of that in one quick and easy visit.

How much will it cost?

Every case is different. Speak with your dentist to determine a treatment plan for you which will lay out the cost at your dentist’s office. There may be additional costs to consider if you need treatment outside of your dental office for extractions. Partial dentures are a great, cost effective solution for most patients.

Can I eat with a partial denture?

You absolutely can eat with your partial! After you receive your new partial denture, you will want to take it easy for a few days and stick to softer food so your mouth can adapt to using the partial. It was designed to bring back the functions of your mouth and may take some time to get used to. As you become familiar with your new partial you may find that it feels tight or loose. Give your dentist a call and they can adjust it for you to ensure a good and proper fit.

Can I sleep with partial dentures in my mouth?

Your partial denture was designed to be removed and cleaned every day. It is not healthy to sleep with it in your mouth. Food particles can become trapped under the partial so it is very important to remove it each night and properly clean it and your teeth and gums. Your gums will also benefit from the break of not having the partial in while you sleep. If you clench or going during the night, this could cause damage to the partial and the gums underneath. So be sure to take it out and thoroughly clean it every night and it will last for many years to come!

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