What You Should Know about Partial Dentures
Unlike full sets of dentures, which are designed to replace all your teeth, partials are intended to replace one or just a few missing teeth. These appliances include one or more artificial teeth that are set into a frame. That frame fits over your natural teeth at each end. Dr. Russell may recommend that crowns be fitted over the natural teeth that anchor the partial in order to further strengthen those teeth.
Today’s modern partial dentures can be made from acrylic or a combination of metal and acrylic. Whichever type you choose, you can be sure that partials are extremely durable and, with proper care, can last for many, many years – although they will have to be adjusted periodically. As is the case with any dental appliance, it will take some time to get used to wearing your new partials, but Dr. Russell will show you how to easily remove them and reinsert them. In a short period of time, you’ll be enjoying all the benefits of having a full set of functioning teeth!
Caring for Your New Partial Dentures
You should remove your partial dentures before going to bed at night, and they should be kept soaking in a container full of either water or a soaking solution. If your partial is left to dry out, it will lose its shape.
Your partial will also need to be removed to be cleaned. Start by removing the appliance, then thoroughly rinsing the partial to remove any remaining food particles. You should use either a toothbrush specially designed for cleaning dentures, or any brush with very soft bristles, and be sure to hold your partial over the sink while you clean it to avoid dropping the appliance. Moisten the brush and apply a small amount of denture cleaner on the bristles. Although any over-the-counter denture cleaner will work, it’s always best to choose a brand that displays the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Brush the partial gently but thoroughly, then rinse it off completely.
Dear patients and friends,
I have come to a difficult decision to step away from my dental practice after 30 years in Austin and 41 total years of practicing dentistry. I have enjoyed getting to know and treat every one of you making this decision even more difficult. Retirement will open new opportunities for me and my wife Linda, and we wish every patient the best going forward.
Our website has a form for requesting copies of your treatment records, as well as radiographs which you can print, complete, and either mail or email back to me. I will mail or email those copies to you or to your choice of dental offices within 15 days of receipt of the completed request for a nominal fee of $25. I am required by the State Board of Dental Examiners to maintain patient records for 5 years after the last dental visit on record before disposing of them.
Merrill Russell, DDS