Frequently Asked Questions About Partial Dentures

If you have missing teeth and haven’t had them replaced, it can create frustrating problems. You may find it difficult to talk, eat, and may lose confidence in your smile. Having a sizable gap in your smile as a result of missing teeth can make anyone insecure about their appearance. Plus, if you have multiple missing teeth in one area of your mouth, it can be particularly troublesome. Thankfully, partial dentures for front teeth and back teeth can offer promising solutions.

Partial dentures are made from either metal or plastic. They are anchored to your real teeth using metal clasps or acrylic (clear or pink) to fill the gap seamlessly and restore your mouth to its full functionality. Removable partial dentures can be an alternative to dental bridges or implants, by offering the appearance of real teeth. This guide will help answer your questions about partial dentures.

How Long Does It Take to Get Partial Dentures?

To understand how long the procedure is, you need to understand first how it is made. If you want to correct the gap of your teeth, the first step you need to take is a thorough denture exam. Your prosthetist will check and see if any problems could interfere with your ability to wear partial dentures comfortably.

To simulate the appearance of your actual dentures, the prosthetist will use a loose denture base and wax teeth rim. These replicas will be placed in your mouth and adjusted until they fit your teeth perfectly. The prosthetist will ship the rims to the laboratory and will use them as a model to create your real fixed or removable partial dentures.

After the first version of your denture is ready, your prosthetist will put the teeth in wax, fit them in your mouth, and take measurements again before sending them back to the laboratory to make adjustments. Once the final changes are complete, the prosthetist will now install the partial dentures in your mouth and adjust them periodically over the next few months.

The whole process can take as little as one week or more. This depends if there are teeth that need to be extracted before the procedure is started.

Are Partial Dentures Worth It?

If you have multiple teeth missing and would want a less invasive procedure, having partial dentures are good teeth replacement options. It is also less expensive compared to getting dental implants. Having partial dentures—whether upper partial dentures or lower ones—are a much better option than a complete denture to replace lost teeth if some natural teeth can be saved. Please check for all about partial dentures.

Can I Sleep with Partial Dentures?

Yes, you can wear your dentures to sleep, but it is preferred if you remove them. The reason why you should remove your dentures before sleeping is because it will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day.

Direct Denture Care

Are you in need of partial dentures for back teeth or front teeth? If so, let our experts here at Direct Denture Care assist your needs. Contact Direct Denture Care on (08) 9440 1540 for the Balcatta Clinic and (08) 9401 1195 for the Hillarys Clinic and find out which type of partial denture is best for you.