There will be a period of adjustment as new dentures can feel awkward in your mouth. The dentures may initially feel loose while your tongue and cheek learn to keep them in place. You may feel some slight irritation and have increased flow of saliva during this adjustment period. It is recommended that you come in for follow-ups to allow your dentist to check and make adjustments as needed.
Dentures do not preclude you from practicing good dental hygiene. You still need to brush your gums, teeth, and roof of your mouth thoroughly before inserting your dentures in the morning. This will reduce plaque buildup and helps with the circulation of your treated gum tissue. Your dentures should also be brushed daily when you remove them for proper care and maintenance.
According to the American Dental Association
If you have missing teeth, a removable partial denture is one way to replace them.
Partial dentures have several benefits. They can make it easier for you to chew food and help you speak better if your speech has changed due to missing teeth. Removable partial dentures can also support cheeks and lips so the face does not sag and make you look older.
Why it’s important to replace missing teeth
When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the other jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaws. You may find it harder to clean teeth that have shifted, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. That is why it is important to replace missing teeth.
Partial denture above gum.
Partial denture in place.
Partial denture in the mouth.
(Rest seats on two teeth can be seen.)
It takes practice to put in and take out a removable partial denture. It may feel a bit odd or tight for the first few weeks. But in time, you should get used to it. Never force the denture into place by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps or damage your teeth. If you have a problem with your new partial denture, talk with your dentist.
You should not wear your removable partial denture 24 hours a day. Your dentist may tell you to take out the partial denture at bedtime and put it back in when you wake up. Usually your dentist will make follow-up appointments to look for pressure points or sore spots. He or she will adjust your denture so it fits comfortably.
When you replace missing teeth, eating is much easier. But it takes practice. Here are some things that can help:
If you have missing teeth, wearing a removable partial denture can help you speak more clearly. If you find that some words are hard to say at first, try reading out loud in front of a mirror. With time and practice, you should be able to speak well.
Like natural teeth, you must take good care of your removable partial denture. Here are some tips:
As you get older, the fit of your removable partial denture can change. Your jawbone can shrink, making a space under the denture. Food can get trapped. The denture clasps also may get loose from normal wear.
If your partial denture needs adjusting, do not adjust it yourself. You can harm both the denture and your health. And do not use household glues to repair the partial, because they can have harmful chemicals. See your dentist as soon as possible if your removable partial denture breaks, cracks or chips or if one of the teeth becomes loose.
Also, your partial denture may need to be adjusted if you lose one of the supporting natural teeth. Sometimes dentists can make the repairs, often on the same day. Complex repairs can take longer. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you have a well-fitting partial denture again.
Your dentist will tell you how often to go for dental visits. Regular exams and professional cleanings are very important to keep a healthy smile.
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