Partial plate dentures

Updated November 21, 2016

Partial plate dentures are a dental appliance that replaces one or several teeth that are be missing. They are easily removable and are held in place by clasps that attach to the other remaining teeth. These dentures are beneficial to people who have problems eating or speaking properly because they have lost a number of teeth. They are also a boon for people who would like to improve their appearance.


People opt to get partial plate dentures for several different reasons. One is that you can have normal eating habits with this kind of dental appliance. If you feel self-conscious about missing teeth, partial plate dentures can boost your confidence. They can also prevent remaining teeth from drifting into the gaps left by missing teeth. Having partial dentures reduces the risk of gum infections since food particles don't have a chance to settle on the exposed gums. Minor speech affectations caused by missing teeth can also be rectified with a set of partial dentures.


Cost and ease of use are some of the prime benefits of partial plate dentures. The alternative to this kind of dentures are dental implants. While these are a closer fit to real teeth, they are also much more expensive. Apart from that, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Your best bet is to consult your dentist to find out which dental appliance will suit you best.


Partial plate dentures are usually made from three materials: metal, acrylic and porcelain. In general, the gum areas of the dentures are made from pink acrylic, the teeth are made from porcelain or acrylic, and the base is made from metal for maximum durability. The artificial teeth in partial dentures are custom-made to resemble your remaining teeth in colour, size and shape. This makes the dental appliance almost impossible for others to detect.


There are no real drawbacks to partial dentures, provided that they are properly cared for. It's important that you brush the entire denture, not just the teeth when you clean them. Remember that your dentures can lose their shape if they are left to dry out. If they are not in your mouth, make sure you keep them in ordinary water or a soaking solution. Never put your dentures in hot water or bleach. Don't forget that your dentures are breakable so handle them carefully when cleaning them.


It's important to visit your dentist regularly when you wear partial dentures. While they probably won't give you any real trouble for a few years, you may experience problems later on. For example, gums and gum ridges will shrink after some time. When this happens, you will need to get your dentures refitted. While initially minor adjustments might do the trick, you will need to go in for a completely new set of dentures eventually.

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