In this blog, we will be outlining all you need to know about how a partial denture should fit, including key partial denture fit information, denture customisation and fixatives, as well as bone resorption and loosening.
Partial dentures possess arms which are called clasps, and these wrap around the tooth to ensure it stays in the correct position. These dentures work by affixing a set of artificial teeth to your natural teeth, allowing it to restore any teeth that are missing. As the natural teeth within the mouth possess roots, partial dentures usually have a more secure fit within the mouth than a full set of dentures. This type of denture also allows for dental implants to be used in the event that an individual loses a tooth or has one extracted.
However, some individuals may have a mouth which possesses an inadequate set of anatomical structures for the support of partial dentures. The primary reason for this being a poor lower ridge which does not allow the denture to stabilise along the lower jaw. Additionally, individuals with dry mouth are unable to form the required saliva to produce and retain suction. Due to these issues a partial denture may not fit correctly.
Denture customisation and fixatives
Dental technology can allow for detailed customisation of a patient’s partial dentures to ensure that the characteristics of the mouth are dealt with suitably. This moulding can allow for an optimal fit of dentures along the bone and the gum ridges. However, despite dentures being customised for the optimum fit in an individual’s mouth, this does not mean that the individual may not profit from further support.
This support can be provided by denture fixatives, which offer extra confidence and security to a denture wearer, while also enhancing their level of comfort. Furthermore, by utilising fixatives, you will avoid the constant worry of your dentures potentially slipping out at any time. Denture fixatives also help avoid any irritating small pieces of food debris from going under the denture plate.
Bone resorption and loosening
Dentures may loosen over time for various reasons, a key issue which can cause this is bone resorption. This occurs when an individual’s gums shrink after they are no longer required to keep the teeth in position. Bone resorption can be avoided by utilising your jaw as much as possible. This can be done through regular chewing of solid food as well as consuming a balanced diet, which should help keep gums strong and avoid potential bone resorption.
Dentures which do slip or are no longer as stable as they were initially must be dealt with immediately, to avoid further issues. If you do not deal with this issue swiftly it may cause a clicking sound when talking, increased discomfort, sores and potential problems when consuming food. Based on your issue you may require a fixative, a dental adjustment, or a complete replacement. By visiting the dentist as soon as any minor problems take place then future issues can be avoided. We understand the importance of well fitted dentures and would be delighted to offer our advice in a free 1 hour consultation so, make sure you book yours today.