Total dentures, also known as full palate dentures, are used when all the teeth in the mouth are lost. In recent years, total dentures have ceased to be the only option for edentulous mouths. Dentures prepared with the support of implants placed in the jawbone now give patients the feeling of chewing with their own teeth, making them a preferred choice.
Partial dentures are a type of prosthesis that uses a combination of special acrylic and metal components called clasps to hold on to the teeth in cases of partial tooth loss (Partial Palate, Partial Denture).
Precision Attachment Dentures
Another type of prosthesis used in cases of partial tooth loss is precision attachment dentures. The retention of the prosthesis is achieved not with clasps, as in partial dentures, but with components called precision attachments. These prostheses are superior to traditional partial dentures in terms of aesthetics, retention, and oral health. Precision attachment dentures do not have metal clasps that can compromise their aesthetic appearance.
Valplast Partial Dentures
Valplast dentures are special prostheses that do not contain any metal framework or clasps. They eliminate aesthetic problems that may arise from the visibility of metals. Thanks to its resin, it exhibits a thin and translucent pinkish structure that reflects the underlying tissues, providing a natural appearance. The most significant features of Valplast dentures are their ability to hold on to tissues in the mouth and their flexibility, which prevents breakage.
Valplast dentures can be used in patients with acryl allergies. In cases where a patient wants to use removable dentures and achieve cosmetic results but does not prefer partial dentures with metal clasps, and implant treatment would be an extra financial burden, these dentures can be considered.
Points to Consider for Denture Wearers
After each meal, dentures should be removed, and the inner and outer surfaces should be cleaned with a denture brush. For denture cleaning, any cleaning agents produced for different purposes, such as bleach, dishwashing or laundry detergents, etc., should never be used. These substances can not only damage the structure of the denture but also pose a significant risk to overall health.
Special solutions specifically designed for denture (false teeth) cleaning should be used carefully according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
After removing and cleaning the dentures, the edentulous areas in the mouth should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush or a gauze pad. If there are remaining natural teeth in the mouth, they should be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
If food debris is not cleaned from around and inside the clasps in partial dentures, it can cause damage to the teeth. They should be cleaned thoroughly after every meal.
Dentures should be stored in a container filled with water when they are not being worn.
Any abrasion or additional repair procedures on dentures should not be attempted without the supervision of a dentist. If there is any problem related to the dentures, an immediate consultation with a dentist is necessary.
It should be remembered that dentures also have a lifespan and should be replaced every two to five years at least. Otherwise, the fit of the denture to the changing oral tissues will be compromised, making it difficult to use.