Partial Dentures Specialist

Tenino Denture Center

MaeNell Sullivan, DPD

Denturist located in Tenino, WA

Partial dentures are an attractive and cost-effective solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. MaeNell Sullivan, DPD, leads a team of skilled professionals at Tenino Denture Center in Tenino, Washington. Ms. Sullivan is a licensed denturist who is widely acclaimed for her skill in fashioning partial dentures that blend extremely well with your remaining teeth. She’s also an expert at creating dentures that fit comfortably and are easy to wear. Call the center today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.

Partial Dentures Q & A

What are partial dentures?

Removable partial dentures include replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-like base and colored to match your natural teeth. Great care is also taken to blend the coloring on the base of a partial denture to a shade that’s compatible with your natural gums.

To hold it in place, a partial denture often includes an underlying metal framework and thin wire clasps that connect to your remaining teeth and keep the denture in place.

More natural appearing connectors are available as well but typically cost more than partial dentures fitted with metal connectors.

Usually, your dentist applies crowns to the natural teeth on either side of your partial denture to provide a secure connection for the attachments. Ms. Sullivan discusses your options in detail before you decide to proceed with partial dentures.


How do I care for partial dentures?

Like full dentures, partial dentures should be removed daily for cleaning and left in a container that keeps them moist as you sleep.

Daily cleaning consists of brushing the denture thoroughly with a specially designed denture brush and cleaner. Normal toothpaste is too harsh for dentures and may scratch the surface. Take time as well to clean your gums and tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush or folded gauze.


How long do partial dentures last?

Partial dentures are crafted from durable materials that are designed to last for many years. You can improve their longevity by caring for them as directed and inspecting them regularly for small cracks and other wear and tear.

If you notice any damage or loosening, it can be easily and quickly repaired by an expert denturist like Ms. Sullivan.

You can also help your dentures last longer by scheduling periodic professional cleanings and exams. This gives Ms. Sullivan the opportunity to polish away any stains or tartar buildup that are resistant to daily cleaning.

She also takes time to examine your partial denture carefully for signs of damage or loosening that can affect the way it fits.

To find out more about how partial dentures can improve your smile, schedule an appointment at Tenino Denture Center today. Give the office a call or book your visit online.