Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. The base is sometimes attached to the natural teeth using a metal framework that holds it in place in the mouth. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth when the patient still has some natural teeth in their mouth.
Partial dentures are important if people have missing teeth. They allow them to speak without impediment if the missing teeth are in the front of their teeth, and chew without being in pain if the missing teeth are in the back of their mouths. There are alternatives like dental implants, which can also replace one or more missing teeth. But, partial dentures are very popular because they are significantly cheaper than implants and do not necessarily require surgery.
The two most common types of partial dentures are the fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures.
After wearing them for some time, partial dentures can be comfortable. However, when a patient is using them for the first time, there is a period of discomfort until they get used to wearing them on a daily basis. The first few weeks will feel weird until the tongue and the muscles in the cheek learn how to keep them in place. There might be some irritation or soreness as well.
The dentures are made to closely resemble natural teeth, but they will be noticeable to someone standing close to the patient. If the patient has fixed partial dentures, they will not be as noticeable because the artificial teeth are made from porcelain and look just like natural teeth.
Eating with partial dentures can be daunting at first as the patient gets used to using them. Dentists advise their patients to start with soft foods that are cut into little pieces and chewing with both sides of the mouth until they are used to chewing with the dentures.
Partial dentures do a great job replacing natural teeth, but take a little time to get used to. If you want to replace your missing teeth and are thinking about getting partial dentures, talk to your dentist to determine which one of them is right for you.