All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
One option is a removable partial denture. A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial denture for you. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking.
How do I take care of my partial denture?
Removable partial dentures should be removed at night. A special brush can be used to clean the partial denture, and this should be done over a folded towel or a sink filled with water. This helps prevent the partial from breaking if it is dropped. Cleaning the partial denture should be done with denture cleaner or mild dishwashing soap. Toothpaste is too abrasive and should not be used to clean the partial denture. After cleaning the partial should be soaked in a special denture solution overnight.
Also, continue to adhere to a strict regimen of brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental examinations to keep the surrounding teeth clean and healthy. This is of critical importance as the partial denture relies on the neighboring teeth for support.