Frequently Asked Questions
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth when some natural teeth are still present. It consists of a metal or acrylic framework that supports artificial teeth, matching the colour and shape of the remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures improve appearance, restore chewing ability, and prevent the shifting of natural teeth. Regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary, and dentist visits are recommended for adjustments.
Dentures can stay in place through adhesive products, natural suction, precision attachments, clasps, or implant support. A proper fit is important, and regular dentist visits are necessary for adjustments.
The lifespan of dentures can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the materials used, the individual’s oral hygiene habits, and regular maintenance. On average, dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more. However, it’s important to note that dentures will eventually require replacement or adjustment due to natural wear and changes in the mouth over time.
The process of bone resorption, where the jawbone gradually changes shape and density, can affect the fit of dentures over the years. As a result, dentures may become loose or uncomfortable, requiring adjustments or replacement to maintain proper function and fit.
Additionally, the artificial teeth on the denture can wear down or become stained, affecting their appearance and functionality. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of dentures, but eventually, they may need to be replaced or relined to restore their optimal performance.
It’s important to consult with a dental specialist who can evaluate the condition of the dentures and recommend appropriate care or replacements based on individual needs.
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