A partial, also referred to sometimes as an over-denture, is really just an abbreviated form of dentures. Partials are popular with people that have lost more teeth than can be feasibly replaced with an implanted bridge, yet still have most of the natural teeth in their mouth available.
Before being fitted for a partial your dentist will probably want to take some x-rays. This will give them a clear picture of the overall health of the bones and jaw structure. If there are some teeth with compromised roots or bone, you might need additional extractions. If you do require an extraction the recovery time can vary depending on your overall health, the health of your gums and the number of teeth extracted.
It’s important to remember that the artificial teeth in your partial do not stain the same way as the enamel of your natural teeth. If the partial is replacing teeth in your smile, you may want to cut back on foods and drinks that are prone to staining as well as tobacco use.
In time you will get used to the fit and feel of your partial and develop a daily regimen for keeping them clean.
If you’re thinking of getting a partial or you have questions about your current set, please feel free to give us a call at 910-763-1072 to schedule an appointment.