Jo Ann Thiel, D.D.S.

The Facts About Partial Dentures

Whether you are missing some or all of your natural teeth,you can derive many benefits from replacing them with full or partial dentures. Replacement teeth create a more youthful, vibrant appearance by holding up facial muscles and aiding in speaking, chewing,swallowing and smiling by giving support to the cheeks and lips. Replacement teeth create a more youthful, vibrant appearance by holding up facial muscles and aiding in speaking, chewing, swallowing and smiling.

Will I Experience Changes in the Way I Speak or Chew?
You may find that you occasionally bite your tongue or cheek until you get used to having these spaces filled.Initially, you may want to choose a soft or liquid diet, making sure to void sticky or hard foods. Cutting food into smaller bites can be helpful. With full dentures you may find it helpful to chew off bits of food from the side, rather than directly from the front.

You may also notice some salivary and taste change associated with your replacement teeth. These are to be expected when a new prosthesis is introduced. With time you will adjust to these changes and feel a high degree of confidence and comfort when speaking and chewing.

How Long Will It Take to Get Used to Replacement Teeth?
Ease in adapting to new teeth varies from person to person. Those who choose to undergo full extractions and have partial dentures placed immediately should leave the dentures in until the postoperative appointment scheduled for the following day. Especially during healing, the dentures should be left in the mouth most of the time, because they act as a “bandage”, giving support to the oral tissues.

After the initial healing, your dentures should be removed upon retiring every evening. Remember that, if the appliance is removed, it must not be allowed to dry out, as this causes the material to shrink or distort. Always soak the removable teeth until returning them to your mouth.

How Do I Care for My New Teeth?
To clean your partial dentures, you should use a toothbrush specially designed for dentures and a denture cleaner. Regular toothpaste should not be used, because it may be too abrasive for dentures. After removing and cleaning the prosthesis, rinse it and submerge it in a denture-cleaning solution.

If you wear a partial denture, make certain when you floss and brush your natural teeth that you take special care to clean the area around the clasps, as trapped food particles, combined with salivary acids and bacteria, may cause these abutment teeth to be more susceptible to decay.

A well-fitted appliance will adhere to the oral tissues with the natural aid of saliva. Using a denture adhesive may make the fit worse! Check with us before routinely using any denture adhesive material.

Should I Make Minor Partial Denture Repairs at Home?
It is best that you return to our office for repairs and adjustments as they become necessary. It is often possible for us to repair, reline or replace a denture tooth at the office while you wait. At the same time, your denture can also be checked for fit and your mouth can be examined to ensure that all the tissues are healthy.

How Often Should I Return For Care?
After the initial placement and fitting, you may require minor adjustments. After that, you should return so we can examine the soft tissues underneath the replacement teeth to ensure they are healthy. If you have some natural teeth remaining, you should return for ongoing dental care to ensure that you retain these teeth for a lifetime.