Dr. Shelly Mixson may recommend partial dentures if you have lost some of your teeth while still retaining natural healthy teeth. Partials are custom-made oral appliances and serve as a vital tool in restoring the aesthetics and functionality of your smile while also safeguarding your remaining natural teeth. By filling in the gaps in your dental arch, partial dentures contribute to improved speech, enhanced chewing ability, and help maintain the structure of your cheeks and lips to prevent sagging facial contours.
Partial dentures are typically composed of prosthetic replacement teeth affixed to an acrylic base. Additionally, a delicate framework or clasps are incorporated into the design. This framework attaches securely to your remaining natural teeth, ensuring a stable and comfortable fit for the denture. During the initial few weeks of wear, you may experience some discomfort or awkwardness as your mouth adapts to the new appliance. However, as you become accustomed to it, your partial denture should become comfortable and a seamless part of your everyday life.
Adhering to the care and usage instructions provided by our dentist is crucial in maintaining the functionality and durability of your partial denture. Avoid attempting to force the denture into place by biting down, as this can potentially bend or break the clasps, and even harm your natural teeth.
If you have any questions about partial dentures in Atlanta, Georgia, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, please reach out to our Gentle Smiles Dental today at 770-455-6602. We are here to assist you in achieving a healthier, more confident smile through the effective use of partial dentures.