'Suitable' means not just that your mouth is appropriate for a partial denture, but also that you
This largely comes down to motivation… do you really want your spaces filled? Do you understand the benefits of wearing a denture
? Will you actually wear it and stick with it till it feels right? Will you look after it like you should and give it the necessary care and attention?
I have made dentures, that when I see the patient for a check up 6 months later, I find out they have hardly been worn. It seems slightly bizarre to me to go through all the stages and expense of making them, only to keep them in a drawer collecting dust. They may say, "But it rubs," and I shake my head... huff loudly and say, "Why didn’t you come back and see me??? I could have helped!" Wearing partial dentures
takes some getting used to and especially if you have never worn them before, you need to not only be aware of this but expect it.
Your medical history and conditions can influence your suitability too:
This is one medical condition where RPD’s should be avoided if possible, since there is the risk of swallowing or blocking/damaging the airway, if it is dislodged during a seizure.
If you suffer from any condition (such as severe arthritis or neuromuscular disease) that makes getting the plate in and out to clean difficult, unless someone can help you- a removable denture could become a recipe for disaster, pain and eventually a complete denture
Being able to understand the instructions to care for your denture
is also really important in wearing them successfully. If you are unable to look after your dentures and remaining natural teeth or have someone to do it for you, this could spell lots of problems.
In an ideal world, we could get your hygiene up to the appropriate standard where something could be done, but certain medical conditions make achieving these changes very difficult- sometimes impossible.
How do you get someone with severe alzheimers or dementure to remember not just to brush their teeth, but to do it in the proper way... and watch their diet?
. Carers generally don't enjoy having to remove and clean dentures and teeth so the job is unfortunately somewhat neglected.
Assuming we have ruled out all the other treatment options for one reason or another, the answer to, "Am I suitable for a partial denture?" ultimately depends on another question… "Are you likely to be better or worse off at the end of the day?" You can read risks and benefits
for a more detailed discussion.