Say Goodbye to Gaps in Your Smile
Having missing teeth can impact your confidence and interfere with chewing, speech and oral health. At The Oaks Dental Group, our high quality, custom partial dentures can replace a missing tooth, or teeth, to make your smile whole again.
What is the Difference Between Partial and Complete Dentures?
There are two main types of dentures: partial dentures and complete dentures. Complete dentures are needed when all of the upper or lower teeth are missing. The appliance serves as a total replacement for all of the teeth in the arch.
Partial dentures are used when a patient has a missing tooth, or teeth, but still has enough remaining teeth that a complete denture isn’t necessary.
What are the Benefits of Partial Dentures?
The main benefit of partial dentures is that they replace missing teeth. Getting a partial will restore the appearance of your smile and allow you to speak, bite and chew properly. Partials are also more affordable than some other options, such as dental implants.
Are Partial Dentures Comfortable?
It takes a few weeks of wearing partial dentures for the surrounding muscle to get used to their presence and for your tongue and cheeks to learn to keep the appliance in place. During this adjustment period, it’s normal for your partials to feel a little odd. You may also experience excessive saliva and difficulty speaking or eating.
The good news is, these challenges will go away once you’re acclimated to wearing your partial dentures. If you’re still experiencing discomfort several weeks after getting your new appliance, contact your Greenville, SC dentist. They’ll get you in for a follow-up appointment as soon as possible.
Eating With Partial Dentures
When first getting partial dentures, the biggest challenge most patients face is difficulty eating. We recommend starting off with soft foods that have been cut into small pieces until you get used to eating with your new dentures.
Other tips include:
- Chew slowly and make sure to use both sides of your mouth
- Avoid very hot or hard foods whenever possible
- Use caution when eating foods with small, sharp bones in them
- Avoid really sticky foods while wearing your partial denture
- Don’t chew gum while wearing your denture