If you have several teeth missing in the top or bottom jaw, and with some natural teeth still in good condition, your dental prosthetist may recommend a Removable Partial Denture (RPD).
Removable Partial Dentures are removable devices designed to replace your missing teeth and associated gum. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured acrylic base. This is often connected to a metal framework that holds your denture in place in your mouth.
Wearing a partial denture offers many advantages:
· Enjoy biting or chewing a wider variety of foods
· Have the appearance of a full set of teeth rather than exposing missing teeth while talking or smiling
· Protects your remaining teeth from moving or drifting around in the gum line
· Easy to remove or reinsert – making cleaning simple
At Dentures Direct, we offer two different types of partial dentures:
An acrylic partial denture is the most cost-effective option to replace missing teeth.
Generally speaking, they are recommended when remaining dentition is doubtful, or tooth loss is significant. These dentures have an acrylic base and if more teeth are lost, they can usually be added to the denture without great difficulty.
These dentures are easily repaired and relined. Wrought stainless steel wire clasps that clips onto the remaining natural teeth normally assists these dentures with retention.
Metal (chrome cobalt) dentures
A chrome cobalt denture (aka stainless steel dentures) has a cast metal framework structure. These dentures are renowned for being very comfortable for the wearer as they cover less of the mouth (smaller base) and are very thin, giving no bulky feeling in the mouth. Superior strength from the metal ensures that these dentures are very strong and reliable.
The chrome cobalt denture also has the advantage that the remaining teeth support the frame with retention and resting support. Therefore, there is very little pressure on the gum or bone, which results in less bone resorption (shrinking).
Denture care and cleaning
- Partial dentures should be cleaned daily, keeping the following tips and information in mind:
- Always use a soft denture brush.
- Using either soap or denture cleaning paste with warm water, brush the denture gently to clean away any debris.
- Never use toothpaste to clean the denture, as this can scratch the denture microscopically, making it possible for bacteria to adhere more easily to the denture.
- Leave your denture out overnight. Regularly soak it overnight in a special denture cleaning/soaking solution to dissolves plaque and any build-up of debris