Brian A. Noonan, DDS
General Dentist & Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Ann Arbor, MI
Even with excellent oral hygiene habits, losing teeth can happen naturally with age. If you no longer have all of your natural teeth, Brian A. Noonan, DDS, can design a custom set of full or partial dentures to fill the gaps and give you a full smile. To explore your options for dentures, call the private practice of Brian A. Noonan DDS in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or book an appointment online today.
Partial Dentures Q & A
What are partial dentures?
When you think of removable false teeth, you’re thinking of dentures. Unlike bridges or crowns attached to implants, you can remove your dentures at any time without professional assistance. Full dentures are dentures that replace an entire row of your teeth. However, it isn’t always worth it to remove your remaining healthy teeth to make way for a full set of dentures.
If you still have plenty of healthy teeth, Dr. Noonan may suggest getting partial dentures to replace one or more of your missing teeth. Partial dentures include a pink plastic base made to imitate the natural pink color of the soft tissues in your mouth. They may also include a metal framework to help them anchor onto sturdy healthy teeth that are still in their original spots.
What are the benefits of getting partial dentures?
Partial dentures benefit your oral health in a number of ways. While a removable appliance might not sound ideal at first, your ability to remove it can help you keep the appliance and all of your remaining natural teeth clean. A thorough clean helps you avoid complicated oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
Additionally, having a partial denture to fill the gaps between your remaining natural teeth helps them stay in their original positions. Without an appliance like a partial denture, your teeth can drift out of position in an attempt to fill the gaps themselves. This can throw off the pressures of your bite and leave you more prone to tooth damage and injuries.
How should I care for my dentures?
Whether you have partial dentures or a full set, Dr. Noonan makes sure that you know exactly how to care for them when you leave the office. In order to make your dentures last for as long as possible, you should:
- Take them out and rinse them after eating
- Keep them in a safe place when you take them out
- Brush your remaining teeth and your dentures every day
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners or toothpastes on your dentures
- Soak them in lukewarm water overnight
- Attend your regular dental exams
- Report any changes in the way your dentures fit
Dentures don’t last forever, but with the right care your set can last for up to eight years. You can get a brand new set without the wear-and-tear when your dentures no longer look pristine.
For more information about full dentures, partial dentures, and the care that dentures require, call Brian A. Noonan DDS or reserve an appointment online today.