Hello! Dr. Tritle here! I really enjoy working on partial and denture cases because they are an art! Like any artist, I prefer to take my time because too many offices rush creating these appliances. Investing in a dentist that is dedicated to making your appliance a good fit for you, is KEY! I truly cherish seeing my patients with a new smile they’re proud of. That is one reason I chose this as my profession. Since you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you, or a relative, are showing interest in partials or dentures. Let’s get into the details of appliances!
Types & Time…
There are two types of dentures. A complete denture (for someone who has no teeth) and a partial denture (for someone who has some remaining teeth). Complete upper and lower dentures are a challenge. With only gum tissue over bone to hold them in, the patient must overcome physiological challenges. The patient and the dentist each have a vision of what they expect. I always strive to give them an appliance that is practical and appealing! That leads me to our next point-suction.
What About Suction?
One chief complaint we hear often with new patients is not having any suction with their denture or partial. As a result of a loose fitting appliance, patients experience a lot of discomfort. That discomfort usually transitions into inconvenience because it is difficult to wear the appliance. We can fix that too! A tight fitting upper denture can often be achieved by creating a vacuum/suction between the roof of the mouth and the denture. On rare occasions we can accomplish some suction on the lower dentures. New technology has inspired positive change for denture patients-implants.
Implants (metal post implanted in the denture ridge) can make loose dentures a thing of the past. Be mindful, that not every patient is eligible for implants. Implants can be fitted to the denture allowing them to snap in securely. A patient can talk, eat, and chew without fear of their denture coming loose. To most people, that doesn’t mean a thing, but to the folks that have these appliances, it makes all the difference in their everyday lives and overall confidence! Lastly, let’s get back to partials.
Partial dentures usually are secured by metal clasp (hooks) or acrylic (plastic) Valplast extensions. Valplast dentures have some limitations for patients that grind their teeth but for appropriate cases, they fit securely and look great. A Valplast partial denture is a great option as it is almost impossible to detect! The science to partials is similar to that of dentures. Adjustments, possible relines, and communicating with your dentist over the years is what keeps the appliances lasting.
Call or text us to schedule a consult to see if we can address and correct any issues you or a relative may be having with their appliance. We are also available to treatment plan new cases! Our consultations are free if you proceed with treatment!