Caring for your partial dentures

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Removable partial dentures are mostly comprised of substituted acrylic teeth adjoined to pink (gum-like) plastic bases. Contingent on the needs, partial dentures are customized for each patient. A denture may or may not have a metal framework within the base, but clasps (thin wires which hold the prosthesis in place) are always present. Partial dentures have connectors as well. Sometimes, portions called “precision attachments” attach the denture to natural teeth. These precision attachments, as the name suggests, are better connectors than clasps, functionally and aesthetically.

How to care for them:

  • In the beginning, the partial denture feels unbalanced and cumbersome. Once you get used to the prosthesis, it becomes more comfortable.
  • Inserting and evacuating the denture requires some initial training.
  • Follow all guidelines given by your dentist. Your denture should fit into the spot without any problem. You should NEVER push the partial denture into position by clenching onto it. This could curve or break the clasps.
  • Your dentist will provide guidelines about when the denture ought to be worn and removed. However, it is advised to wear it for the beginning few days regularly. Although it may be uncomfortable; it is the best way to recognize regions that may require alteration.
  • If the denture puts pressure on a specific region of the base, the particular spot can end up sore. The dentist modifies and makes adjustments on the denture base to fit more comfortably. Subsequently, he might suggest you remove the denture before sleeping and using it in the morning.
  • You should start eating soft foods while wearing the denture. Biting on both sides to keep the balance of the denture is advised. Foods that are sticky or hard (like chewing gum) should be refrained from in the start.
  • Partial dentures, likewise, can help in improving speech. If you find the articulation of words hard, work on saying them out loud. Words that are not easy need to be repeated again and again. With time, you will end up acclimated with talking appropriately with your incomplete denture.

If you have any concerns about caring for your dentures or are having trouble getting used to them, get in touch with us at Pineland Dental.

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