Having missing teeth may make you may feel it sets you apart from other people. Coupled with that sensation of embarrassment and isolation, multiple missing teeth can make it challenging to eat the foods you’ve always loved or to speak clearly. However, you are not alone. Missing teeth are common in Winston-Salem, with some figures suggesting that the average person has five missing teeth by their 50th birthday.
That’s why Dr. Jeffrey Tibbs and his team have committed three decades to developing numerous teeth replacement options. We aim to supply the best choice for your oral health needs. Partial dentures are an option for patients missing several teeth in a row. We design this dental device especially for you, and if you care for your partial denture properly, it can last for many years.
What Is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is a removable appliance that consists of one or more artificial teeth joined with an underlying frame and specialized attachments to secure it. Dr. Tibbs will suggest a partial denture if you still have some healthy natural teeth adjoining the gaps left by teeth you’ve lost.
Another characteristic of a partial denture is that you may remove it when needed. Comparatively, a dental bridge that also replaces adjoining teeth is non-removable. Partial dentures may be better than bridges because they are easier to maintain and keep clean.
How to Care for a Removable Partial Denture
Your new partial denture must resist the same forces that threaten your natural teeth, including leftover food debris and other residues. If you don’t take good care of your removable partial denture, you can end up with unpleasant side effects like denture stains, gum disease, and bad breath.
We recommend that you rinse and soak your partial denture overnight in either a denture solution or clear water. Dr. Tibbs will give you specific instructions for at-home denture care. You also should avoid brushing your dentures with anything other than a specialized brush, as denture material can scratch and lose its attractiveness. Finally, you should visit us at least twice a year to have your denture fit checked and adjusted.
Partial Denture Care in Winston-Salem
If you suffer from the impacts and awkwardness created by missing teeth and a gappy smile, Dr. Tibbs and his experienced team are here to change your life. To learn more about how we can restore your smile with a partial denture, we encourage you to set up an appointment. We look forward to being your partner towards better oral health.