Partial dentures are sets of replacement teeth that are meant to temporarily replace those that are missing in a patient’s mouth. Most dentists agree that this should absolutely be thought of as a transitional phase between extraction and implants. The reason for this is the implants will help to not only replace the missing teeth but the missing roots as well. This means that the gums and the jaw bone will also remain healthy when implants are placed. However, because of financial constraints or time constraints, partial dentures are sometimes the most viable option at the moment.
Partial dentures are made much in the same way that a full set it made. First, a replica of the patient’s mouth is made through a cast and then sent off to have the lab manufacture the device. There is other measurements taken that will be sent along with the replica to make sure that the fit is as snug as possible. This is important so that there is no rubbing and friction in the patient’s mouth which can lead to sores and other problems. When they are sent back to the dentist, then they will be fitted in the patient’s mouth to make sure that the fit is perfect, and adjustments will be performed if they are not.
Partial dentures are secured by wires around the nearest teeth to them, and for this reason, hygiene is of the utmost importance for the patient. Oral hygiene is always important, but more attention needs to be paid to the area of the mouth where the device attaches to healthy teeth to prevent problems such as tooth decay in those teeth that are serving as an anchor for the device.