Partial Teeth: Restoring Your Smile

Losing a tooth can be such a headache…literally. Unfortunately, it can also become a much bigger problem.

When you lose a tooth, it’s not just your vanity that’s at risk. Your other teeth can shift, and that can make it uncomfortable to bite down, to chew, etc. Also, depending on the location of your missing tooth, it can cause your face to sag.

What Are Partial Teeth?

Otherwise known as partial dentures, partial teeth hook on to existing teeth using a removable appliance. Partial teeth are a cost-effective way to replace lost teeth, although they are not as permanent as some other solutions. Each night, partial dentures need to be removed to prevent decay of your other teeth.

At first, partial teeth can feel awkward or cumbersome. That’s perfectly natural. With a little time, you’ll be completely used to them. When you first get your partial dentures, start with softer foods, and take smaller bites. If you’ve ever had braces, you know to also avoid sticky foods, hard foods, and gum.

How Do I Take Care of Partial Teeth?

As always, good dental hygiene is a must.

  • Make it a habit to clean your partial dentures every day. Rinse off any food particles, and use a cleaner specifically designed for dentures. Fluoride toothpastes can be too harsh and degrade the materials used to make your partial teeth.
  • It’s important to use a soft toothbrush, preferably one made just for cleaning dentures.
  • When you’re not wearing your denture, keep it in water or a denture cleaning solution. Otherwise, it may lose its shape, and you will likely need to replace it sooner than you expected.
  • Keep your dentures away from pets and children. Partial teeth are delicate, so it’s best to keep them out of harm’s way.
  • While denture cleaning solutions are safe to use on your dentures, be sure to rinse your dentures well to ensure they are completely clean.
  • Be sure to continue your regular dental check-ups. Not only does that ensure your natural teeth stay healthy, but Dr. Schlueter can also check your partial teeth to make sure they still fit well.
  • If your dentures crack or need to be adjusted, contact Dr. Schlueter right away. Don’t try to use glues to fix it yourself, because glues often have toxic chemicals that can harm humans.

At Advanced Dentistry of Blue Ash, we’ll help you find the tooth replacement option that’s best for you. To schedule an appointment, call 513.891.3333 or go here to start the process online.

Illustration of partial dentures.

Hours & Contact

Advanced Dentistry of Blue Ash - David J Schlueter DDS Center For Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry
9500 Kenwood Road Blue Ash, OH 45242
Phone: 513-891-3333
Hours: Mon, Wed 9:00am – 7:00pm Tue, Thu, Fri 8:00am – 2:00pm Sat 8:00am – 12:00pm

Fax #: 513-729-9789

*Saturday Hours vary by month - Appointments are usually scheduled two saturdays a month.