Partial Dentures Tampa, FL

If you have one or more missing teeth, you might be a good candidate for removable partial dentures. Partial dentures look similar to complete dentures in that they’re made of the same materials – acrylic or porcelain teeth and an acrylic base.

Not only can removable partial dentures in Tampa restore your smile, but they can also prevent dental conditions that can lead to pain, tooth loss, and bone recession.

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What Are Partial Dentures in Tampa?

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Partial dentures, also known as removable partial dentures, are dental appliances designed to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Partial dentures are similar to dental bridges, but they have some key differences. A dental bridge is a fixed appliance kept in place with a permanent cement or bonding material. A partial denture is removable and more closely resembles a denture than a bridge.

A partial denture has a pink acrylic or pink acrylic and metal base with acrylic or porcelain teeth. The denture’s base sits on top of your gums, supported by the jawbone. Clasps that hook onto adjacent natural teeth add to the stability of the denture, though they’re not always required.

What Are the Benefits of Removable Partial Dentures?

The benefits of partial dentures in Tampa include:

  • They can be worn immediately after an extraction
  • They’re convenient
  • They can be worn while eating
  • They are removable
  • They’re easy to clean
  • It’s easy to clean adjacent teeth
  • They restore your smile
  • Partial dentures prevent adjacent teeth from shifting (something that can put excess pressure on your teeth, jaw joints, and facial muscles, leading to pain and damage)
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What to Expect at Your Partial Denture Appointment

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To start, your Tampa dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create custom models. Then, they’ll send the models to a lab technician who will fabricate your custom removable partial denture. At this appointment, we’ll check the shade of your natural teeth to make sure the partial denture is a good match.

At your next visit, we’ll try on the partial to see how it fits, ensuring it doesn’t rub your gingiva or cause a sore. Your Tampa dentist will check the bite to ensure the tooth or teeth are of adequate height to keep your bite in proper occlusion and prevent damage to the denture or your other teeth.

What to Do After You Get Your Removable Partial Denture

First, we should note that it will take some time to get used to wearing the partial denture. Typically, wearing it will feel like second nature after a few weeks.

It isn’t uncommon to need a bit of an adjustment during this time, so if the denture doesn’t feel comfortable or makes your gums feel sore, your Tampa dentist wants to know about it. Call us at (813) 445-7162 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your partial denture.

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How to Care for Your New Appliance

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If you want to keep your partial denture in good working order for as long as possible, you’ll need to practice good home care. In addition to brushing and flossing, you’ll also need to spend time cleaning your partial.

It’s best to use a denture brush or an ultra-soft bristled toothbrush on your partial. Most toothbrush bristles are too abrasive for dentures and can scratch them, making them a breeding ground for bacteria. Gently brush your partial at night before bed and let it soak in a denture cleaner overnight.

Don’t wear your partial while you sleep. Doing so can damage the appliance, particularly if you clench and grind your teeth. Your gum tissue also needs a chance to breathe, or you risk developing a bacterial or fungal infection.

Visit Your Tampa Dentist Regularly to Avoid Tooth Loss

We’re happy to help you restore your smile with a removable partial denture, but we’d love to help you avoid losing any teeth in the first place.

Regular visits to your Tampa dentist can keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, helping you avoid gum disease or deep decay, which can result in tooth loss.

If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us! We’ll show you what steps you can take at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Looking for an easy, affordable way to restore a missing tooth or teeth? Contact our team to schedule a consultation with your Tampa dentist to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for a removable partial denture.

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