A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base, which holds the denture in place. Partial dentures are an ideal solution when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fills in empty spaces created by missing teeth, which prevents other teeth from shifting positions. Partial dentures are made to resemble the look of natural teeth and avoid a noticeable change in your appearance. In fact, dentures often improve the appearance of your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
The benefits of partial dentures include:
- Improved chewing functionality and digestion
- Clearer speech
- More youthful appearance
- Boost of self confidence
When you lose a tooth, the empty space may cause teeth to shift, which can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth. It may become harder to clean teeth that have shifted, which often lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Usually, removable partial dentures have replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base that is designed to blend in. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth and holds the denture into place.
Over time, denture adjustments may be required. Your mouth naturally changes with age, which in turn affects the fit of partial dentures. Bone and gum ridges often recede, resulting in a poorly fitting denture. However, dentures that do not fit properly should only be adjusted by your dentist. Poorly fitting dentures can cause various problems, including irritation and infections. See your dentist immediately if your denture becomes loose.
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