If you’re missing a few teeth but don’t want to undergo oral surgery for dental implants, or you don’t want to fill a gap that compromises the health of your remaining teeth, you can opt for partial dentures instead. These dentures -- designed and made by Patrick Carbone of Lilly Denture Center in Olympia, Washington -- let you replace your missing teeth and preserve your oral health simply and easily. If you live or work in the Olympia area, Patrick’s wife Carol is happy to take your call for a partial-denture consultation, or you can book an appointment online.
Partial dentures are false teeth that replace a few missing teeth, rather than a whole jawbone of teeth (complete dentures). Patrick creates either an acrylic partial or a permanent metal-framework partial, depending on your needs.
Patrick takes molds of your existing teeth and the gap in your teeth, so he can create partial dentures that look like your natural teeth. He carefully matches the color of your partial dentures to your remaining teeth.
Because Patrick makes your dentures at his in-house laboratory, there’s less waiting time at Lilly Denture Center than at other centers, which work with outside technicians. During your consultation, Patrick estimates your waiting time.
If you have a removable, acrylic partial, you must remove your dentures after every meal and rinse them in warm (not hot) water. You should also rinse out your mouth and, when possible, brush your gums with a very soft toothbrush.
You need to brush your dentures every day with a soft toothbrush and antibacterial hand soap. Don’t use toothpaste or powders when cleaning your dentures, as the abrasives could damage them.
While cleaning your dentures, hold your dentures firmly in one hand while washing them over the sink. Fill your sink with a few inches of cold or cool water and lay a washcloth on the bottom of the sink beforehand to protect your dentures if they fall.
At night, soak your dentures for at least several hours in a denture bath that’s been mixed with a denture cleanser. Powders, liquids, and tablets are all acceptable, provided they’ve been formulated specifically to clean dentures.
With proper care, your partial dentures should last about 8 to 12 years. Patrick uses such high-quality materials that your dentures may last for 15 years or more.
With metal-framework partials, Patrick recommends getting your partials relined every three to five years. He can do a same-day reline in the office.
To learn more about acrylic and metal framework partial dentures, contact Patrick for a free consultation. You can call the office directly or use the online booking form.