What Are Removable Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures, which are also called dental bridges or simply partials, are made for dental patients who have retained a few of their natural teeth. Partials help to fill in the spaces for functional and aesthetic purposes. There are two types of partial dentures - fixed and removable. Dr. Denise Perrotta, who operates a cosmetic dentistry practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will focus on explaining the purpose and function of removable partials.
Removable partial dentures
While fixed dentures are meant to be permanent appliances in the mouth, removable dentures are designed to be taken out to be cleaned after meals and overnight. They are made of realistic-looking porcelain teeth affixed to a plastic base that blends in with the natural gum tissue.
Even if you still have most of your natural teeth, the addition of partial dentures in the empty spaces is beneficial for several reasons. Besides making your smile more attractive, people who wear partials usually discover that eating and talking are much easier with the dentures in place. Decay is less likely to to be a problem when there are not large spaces in your set of teeth. However, your Winston-Salem cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta insists that you maintain excellent dental hygiene. This regimen is especially important with removable dentures; if they are not detached and cleaned regularly, plaque can build up on the fixtures and the natural teeth. The trained staff at Dr. Perrotta's cosmetic dentistry office in Winston-Salem will walk you through the best practices for cleaning and maintaining your removable partials.