Partial dentures address to patients who have lost part of their teeth. They have a base imitating the color of the gums and denture teeth. A supporting framework is used to attach a partial denture to the supporting teeth, based on some sort of retentive device or a clasp.
In order to produce a partial denture, your dentist needs a model of your mouth. The entire process of completing a partial denture can take 6 to 8 weeks. For a more accurate estimation you can ask your dentist: it all depends on the patient, on the type of partial denture and the technique used.
Partial Denture Treatment
First of all, your dentist has to prepare your teeth as they will be used as a support for your new partial denture. After completing these preparations, your dentist will take an impression of both your arches and try to record your bite as accurate as possible. This impression is sent to a laboratory. During your next visits to the dental office, your dentist will evaluate and adjust your new bite in terms of appearance and functionality of your partial denture. When everything fits in place and you are satisfied with the shades of both teeth and gums of your denture, this will be sent back to the laboratory. The dental laboratory will then produce the final partial denture you need.
Complication Associated with Partial Dentures
When getting a new denture, you should be aware of how much functionality and comfort to expect. Your new partial denture will need more than one adjustment to obtain a satisfactory result. Keep in mind this is a process and it might take you several weeks to adjust and get used to this important change. You might notice your eating and speaking abilities have been affected by the partial denture: rest assured that you will get more and more comfortable as you keep practicing.
Different Types of Partial Dentures
Making a partial denture is now based on modern techniques. It is the case of implant-supporting dentures that provide better support, but take a bit longer to complete as implants can be quite complex and have to be perfectly stabilized before considering using them as supporting elements for your new denture. Another new technical improvement in producing partial dentures is a material called valplast: the hooks are flexible and look natural thus having a great aesthetic advantage over metal based partials.