Partials / Dentures
Partial dentures are typically comprised of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base. Various types of connectors may be used to connect partial dentures to your teeth. Depending on your needs, precision attachments may also be used, which can provide a more aesthetic appearance.
It is important to be aware that partial dentures may feel somewhat bulky or awkward in the beginning. This is perfectly normal. Over time, you will become accustomed to wearing your new dentures. Additionally, some practice will be required to insert and remove your partial dentures. When you first receive your partial dentures, your dentist may advise that you wear it all the time.
Your dentures should never be forced into place by biting down. Doing so could cause the clasps to bend or break. In the event that your dentures do not fit with ease, some adjustments may be necessary. If too much pressure is placed on one specific area of the mouth, this could lead to soreness. Your dentist will be able to make adjustments to relieve this problem.
Denture Care Tips
- Eating: Patients typically find that partial dentures make eating a much more pleasant experience. When you first receive your dentures, it’s important to begin eating soft foods. Try to chew on both sides of the mouth to provide even pressure. Avoid extremely hard or sticky foods.
- Cleaning: Avoid using toothpaste to clean your dentures. Instead, use a denture cleaner recommended by your dentist. Always rinse any loose food particles from your dentures and keep them moist. If your dentures are not kept moist, they could lose their shape. Prior to inserting your partial dentures, always rinse it thoroughly.
- Proper Fit: Keep in mind that adjustments may be necessary over time. The mouth does change naturally, particularly as you age. This can affect your denture’s fit. Poorly fitting partial dentures can lead to infections and sores. If you notice that your dentures feel loose, see your dentist promptly.
“Partial dentures can improve your speech. Although it may take some practice speaking with partial dentures, over time, you should become accustomed to it.
Call us to schedule an appointment and find out if partial dentures might be the right solution for your dental needs.”
Dr. DinhQuang Nguyen, DDS
The Woodlands Office