A Partial Denture is a dental appliance which replaces multiple missing teeth. Removable Partial Dentures are for patients who are missing only some teeth on a particular arch, whereas Fixed Partial Dentures are known as Crowns and Bridges. It can be attached to the teeth by two ways-either with clasps or with crowns with precision attachment .Both the types of Partial Dentures have a metal framework and plastic teeth and gum areas.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments.
Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps. A denture brush has bristles that are arranged to fit the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also acceptable. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture.
Some people use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures, which are both acceptable. Clean the dentures by thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic or bending the attachments. A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution. Dentist can recommend the proper method for keeping dentures in good shape.