WHAT ARE SLIDING DENTURES?
It is another type of removable partial denture, known as ‘Sliding Tooth’ or ‘Snap Tooth’ among our patients.
WHO CAN RECEIVE SLIDING DENTURES?
As with traditional partial dentures, it is a treatment protocol that we apply to patients with multiple tooth loss. In general, we prefer these prostheses in patients with very advanced bone loss or systemic disorders and for these reasons we cannot implant them.
HOW ARE SLIDING PROSTHESES APPLIED?
In this type of prosthesis, we provide retention in our removable prosthesis with the parts we place on the teeth in the mouth. For this purpose, we first prepare special coatings for the teeth in the mouth and adapt them to these coatings with special retaining parts such as sliders and ball caps. We complete our treatment by adding special retainer parts compatible with these parts to the inner surface of our removable prosthesis.
WHAT DO WE AIM FOR IN TREATMENT WITH SLIDING DENTURES?
As with palatal dentures, we replace not only the teeth lost by our patients, but also the bone tissue, soft tissue and lip support lost along with the teeth. Compared to traditional partial dentures, the absence of metal hooks in sliding dentures allows us to make a much more aesthetically advanced prosthesis and provides a more effective retention.
HOW SHOULD SLIDING DENTURES BE CARED FOR?
We can consider sliding dentures in two parts: the teeth in the mouth and the removable part. After meals, we need to remove the removable part from our mouth and clean it gently. The denture should be brushed with a soft toothbrush or a denture brush, without using paste. The important factor that we should pay attention to in these prostheses is not to damage the retaining parts inside our removable prosthesis. The toothpastes we use for our teeth in daily life are abrasive for denture surfaces and can cause scratches. After brushing, the denture should be rinsed thoroughly with running water. For daily denture cleaning, you should put your denture and 1 denture cleaning tablet in a glass of warm water. The water in the glass should be enough to cover the denture. It is sufficient to use the cleaning tablets 2 to 3 nights a week. Otherwise, it is sufficient to soak the dentures in water at night.
After each meal, we need to clean our remaining crowns in the mouth with a toothbrush and dental floss used for bridges, just like natural teeth. Since the retaining elements in the mouth can cause extra food retention, special attention should be paid to cleaning those areas. The use of mouthwashes can be useful in this regard.