Dental professionals at Oakwood Dental Arts in Staten Island say that after tooth loss, there is the potential for remaining teeth to shift out of place, ruining a person’s bite and the structure of the teeth. Under these circumstances, dentures can actually prevent damage to the remaining teeth. Few people realize that dentures can also improve a person’s speech by facilitating pronunciation.
When only one tooth is missing, Oakwood typically offers partial dentures as a solution for Staten Island patients. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps connecting to actual teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to natural teeth with devices called precision attachments. The American Dental Association (ADA) observes that precision attachments are generally more esthetic than clasps.
At the outset, a new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. The ADA points out that this is normal, and wearers eventually will become accustomed to it. Some practice is needed for inserting and removing a partial denture. The dentist can recommend techniques to make the process easier.
Patients may initially be asked to wear a new partial denture all the time. The ADA says that, although this may be uncomfortable at first, it’s the quickest way to identify areas that may need adjustment. A dentist at one of Oakwood’s Staten Island locations can then modify the partial denture to fit more comfortably.
According to the ADA, eating should become a more pleasant experience with dentures. Starting with soft foods in small pieces can help patients become accustomed to their new dentures. Chewing on both sides helps to keep even pressure on both sides. Avoiding foods that are extremely sticky or hard will ensure that there is no discomfort or damage to the partial dentures. This includes chewing gum, which should be avoided during the adjustment period.