Partial dentures are an effective way to deal with missing teeth. They share lots of similarities with conventional dentures, but they also have some key differences. For one, partial dentures are typically locked into place when you have them in, while traditional ones rest on your gums.
That is done by the use of claps that can be connected to your nearby natural teeth. Sometimes, your dentist might recommend getting crowns placed on the teeth that will be used as anchors for a more secure fit.
If you’re currently considering getting partial implants, here’s what you should expect following your procedure.
When you first get fitted with partial dentures, it’s normal to go through an adjustment phase. Your dentures might feel bulky at first, but you will ultimately get used to it.
It will also take you some time to get used to removing, inserting, and cleaning the device. Fortunately for you, your dentist will give you all the information you need. Try not to get frustrated while learning the ins and outs of your dentures, forcing it into place can end up damaging it or the clasps.
Partial dentures aren’t typically worn 24 hours a day, but your dentist might tell you to do so for the first few days so things that need to be adjusted are quickly spotted.
Eating might feel awkward at first, but you will eventually get used to that as well. It’s easier to start off with eating softer foods before working your way up to harder items. You definitely want to stay away from sticky foods while you’re still getting used to your new device.
Partial dentures can also affect your ability to pronounce certain words while you’re still getting used to it. If that happens to be the case, all you need to do is practice pronouncing those words until you can do so properly.
Once you’ve fully adjusted to your partial dentures, you can start taking them out when you go to bed.
Taking care of your dentures
You need to be very careful when cleaning your dentures. Accidentally dropping it can lead to it being damaged. Place a folded towel beneath it while cleaning just in case it slips out of your hand. Here are a few other things you can do to protect your partial dentures:
- Avoid the temptation to clean it with toothpaste; you would be better off using a mild dish or hand soap if you run out of denture cleaner
- Do not use toothpaste since it can be too harsh for cleaning dentures
- Brush it daily
- Make sure you get all of the food particles off it when it’s being cleaned
- Keep it soaked in denture solution when you take it out
- Always rinse it before inserting it into your mouth
- Only use denture brushes or toothbrushes with soft bristles
There’s nothing complicated about getting partial dentures, getting used to them, or cleaning them. If you have missing teeth that need to be taken care of, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your alternatives.