The dental prosthesis with hooks is called Partial Dentures. They are preferred for patients who cannot have fixed prosthetics. The prosthesis is anchored to the tooth in front of the toothless area using hooks, which is why it is also called a hook denture. Partial dentures can be directly applied without any procedure on existing teeth by taking measurements from the jaw.
Partial dentures are prepared in approximately 4-5 sessions, including measurements and various fittings. An average of 2 weeks is sufficient for 5 sessions.
Partial dentures rely on support from teeth using hooks and soft tissue. They may feel tight initially but become more comfortable over time. They cannot provide the same comfort and chewing efficiency as fixed prosthetics. However, they offer stability, allowing normal functions such as cutting, biting, and grinding.
The presence of metal parts in the prosthesis may make it challenging to get used to at first. However, after a certain period, most patients can use these prosthetics comfortably as if they were their own teeth.
Cleaning of partial dentures is done under running water with soap and a brush. Toothpaste should not be used for cleaning. Some brands offer cleaning tablets as well.
Over time, hooks may loosen, but your dentist can easily tighten them to prevent the prosthesis from moving.
The presence of metal hooks can make it difficult to maintain aesthetics in the front region. (Hooks that match the gum color are also available.)
It is important not to damage the hooks. Insertion and removal procedures should be done slowly and carefully.
An alternative to partial dentures with hooks is precision attachment (clasp) dentures. The part of the prosthesis that receives support from the teeth is located inside the prosthesis and is invisible. With proper care and hygiene, partial dentures with hooks can be used for an extended period. If repairs are required, the prosthesis can be returned to the patient within a week of being taken.