Why would someone get removable partial dentures?
Removable partial dentures may be a viable option for someone who would like the look of a full set of teeth but may not be a good candidate for bridges, crowns, or dental implants. Although a removable partial denture may not feel as comfortable or fit as well as another type of restored tooth, it can be a good option for many people and is lower cost than procedures such as getting a dental implant.
What is the difference between removable partial dentures and complete dentures?
Complete dentures are typically something that older adults get when they have lost all of their teeth due to health reasons or other factors, such as specific types of medication. Complete dentures are removable, unless anchored by implants. In contrast, a partial denture does not replace your full set of teeth–only one or a small number of teeth–and is usually removable.
I have already had removable partial dentures completed but they don’t quite feel right. What can I do?
It is best to go back to your dentists for an adjustment if you feel your dentures are not quite fitting like they should.
Are there specific foods or drinks I should avoid with my removable partial dentures?
No – you can eat or drink the same foods as before getting your removable partial dentures! There is no need to adjust your diet. However, you might find it difficult to clean your dentures later if you eat sticky foods, like gum, and hard foods can damage the denture over time. It is important to keep this in mind as you adjust to having a partial denture.
Do I need to remove my removable partial dentures when I sleep or eat?
It is not necessary to take out your removable partial dentures when you eat or sleep. It might feel comfortable to do so, but it is up to you if you’d like to take them out.
How can I care for my removable partial dentures?
Cleaning your partial dentures with care is very important to make them last longer. You can use a special brush designed for cleaning dentures, but be sure to use the right cleaning solutions. Toothpaste is not recommended for these appliances. When not in use, soak the denture in water or a denture cleaning solution so it retains it shape and stays fresh for the next use.
Will the dentures change how I speak?
It may take some time to adjust your speaking with a denture. Depending on what teeth your denture is replacing, saying certain words might be difficult. It is important to practice if you feel self conscious.
I want to make small adjustments and repairs to my dentures. Can I do this myself?
It is not recommended you try to repair your dentures on your own. You can do permanent damage to the appliance, rendering it useless. If you want to make small adjustments, schedule an appointment with your dentist and let their professional team help. Contacting your dentist for help repairing an already damaged denture is also recommended compared to trying to do it yourself.
After I am fitted for the removal partial denture, how long will it take me to feel comfortable wearing it?
The first few weeks after you are fitted for your denture might be a little uncomfortable. The appliance might feel bulky in your mouth and make it difficult to speak. After some time, your mouth will get used to it and you will hardly notice it’s there!