Smile!! The partial denture you have received is meant to be a replacement for your missing teeth, and to assist you in keeping your oral cavity in good health. It will restore support to the jaw, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance.
There are certain points which should be called to your attention to assist you in adjusting to your new denture and taking care of it, if your mouth is to remain healthy.
Never bite the denture into place. When you wish to put the partial in your mouth, slide it into place with your thumb and index finger.
Avoid handling the clasps or other thin metal posts. They have been made to fit accurately and can be easily damaged. Hold by the plastic or large metal sections, with your thumb and index finger and withdraw in the path used for insertion, use light finger pressure.
- Home care for your teeth and your new partial denture
- Clean your teeth thoroughly at least once a day
Plaque and calculus can cause irreversible damage to both the gums and bone that supports your teeth. Plaque will tend to build up more easily because you are wearing a partial. Floss and a soft toothbrush are still the best tools to clean your natural teeth. A remineralizing rinse is also recommended.
- Clean your partial denture thoroughly at least once a day.
Use a soft nail brush, or a special denture brush with warm (not hot) soapy water. A pipe cleaner or small tufted tooth brush will help you clean in and around the clasps. Be sure to clean your partial over a sink of water, to reduce the risk of damage if it drops! Finish your cleaning with toothpaste, to improve the taste.
- Rinse your mouth and partial after eating.
This helps to prevent food from being held in places that it can’t be rinsed out of by your saliva, and maintains comfort.
Any buildup of hard deposits or stains show that you need to improve your cleaning methods and it would be beneficial to schedule a thorough cleaning with one of our hygienists.
- Denture wear
Sleeping with your denture is normally not advised, except in special cases. Unless recommended otherwise, remove our denture during sleeping, and store it in water so the plastic will not dry out and become distorted.
A nutritious diet is not only necessary for general body health, but also to keep the mouth tissues healthy. You may have to alter some biting and chewing habits, so begin by eating a soft diet and gradually change to normal foods.
- Should it hurt?
No! However, you can expect a little discomfort at first. Please inform us of any continuing discomfort or sore spots. We can usually remove such problems quickly. Do not try to adjust the denture yourself.
You will probably notice awkwardness at first, especially with certain words. You may also notice that you produce more saliva at first that you normally do. With practice, you will quickly adapt, and you will notice your saliva levels will return to normal shortly.
A strange metallic or bitter taste can occur sometimes but will disappear quickly
Your partial denture is sitting in a living and changing mouth. It is very important that you keep its home clean. We want o help you keep your mouth in a healthy and comfortable condition but we do need your help. At your regular recall appointments we will watch for any small changes that may be occurring and will take any necessary steps to minimize them.