Removable dentures are a restorative dental treatment that, as its name suggests, is designed and manufactured so that the patient can put it on and remove it when needed, which greatly facilitates hygiene. They are used for people who have lost one or more teeth, but not all.
Although the aesthetics of these prostheses can be very good (if they are developed by qualified professionals with quality materials), given their characteristics, the adjustment of these dentures is not perfect and chewing, for example, is not the same as with natural teeth.
Types of Removable Prostheses
There are two types of partial dentures. Removable partial dentures, which are made of resin only, and are also referred to as complete partial dentures (if they cover all the teeth), and fixed partial dentures, made with a metal alloy, dental crowns, and gum resin. These dentures are anchored to the remaining teeth of the patient with some metallic pieces called retainers or hooks.
Your dentist in Huntington Beach will recommend one type or the other depending on the oral health status of the patient. For example, in the case of people with periodontal teeth (moving in the patient's mouth), a removable partial denture may be more appropriate to fill in the missing teeth. Additionally, this type of denture allows for adding new prosthetic crowns as the patient loses teeth.
Hygiene and Prevention
As it happens with all prostheses, these treatments require the patient to commit to complying with a series of clinical examinations. During these visits, your dentist in Huntington Beach, Dr. Moretta, will inform you about how to take proper care of your partial denture at home.
If not cleaned properly and regularly, there is a greater risk of contracting several oral diseases, as tartar can accumulate, increasing the risk of developing cavities or gum disease like gingivitis or periodontitis.
If you are in need of partial dentures, there is nothing to be afraid of. Simply contact our dental office in Huntington Beach, and our proficient dental team will be more than happy to assist you.
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