|How do you wear a removable partial denture?|
Removable partial dentures
usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic
bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures
attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision
attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal
clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve
the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with
attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those
with metal clasps. Consult with the dentist to find out which type is right for
How long will it take to get used to wearing a denture?
For the first few weeks, your
new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will
eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture
will require some practice. Follow all instructions given by the dentist. Your
denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial
denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
How long should I wear the denture?
The dentist will give you
specific instructions about how long the denture should be worn and when it
should be removed. Initially, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all
the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest
way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment. If the denture
puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Your
dentist will adjust the denture to fit more comfortably. After making
adjustments, the dentist will probably recommend that you take the denture out
of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning.
Will it be difficult to eat with a partial denture?
Replacing missing teeth should
make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are
cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on
the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to
avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.
Will the denture change how I speak?
It can be difficult to speak
clearly when you are missing teeth. Consequently, wearing a partial denture may
help. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words with your new
denture, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble.
With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your denture.
How do I take care of my denture?
Handling a denture requires
care. It’s a good idea to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water just in
case you accidentally drop the denture. Brush the denture each day to remove
food deposits and plaque. Brushing your denture helps prevent the appliance
from becoming permanently stained. It’s best to use a brush that is designed
for cleaning dentures. A denture brush has bristles that are arranged to fit
the shape of the denture. A regular, soft-bristled toothbrush is also
acceptable. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the
The dentist can recommend a
denture cleaner. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental
Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been
evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Some people use hand soap or
mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures, which are both acceptable.
Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and
should not be used for cleaning dentures.
Clean your dentures by
thoroughly rinsing off loose food particles. Moisten the brush and apply the
denture cleaner. Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the
plastic or bending the attachments.
A denture could lose its proper
shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in
soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments,
they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution. Your dentist can
recommend the proper method for keeping your dentures in good shape.
Will my denture need adjusting?
Over time, adjusting the
denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can
affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can reduce or shrink,
resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Dentures that do not fit properly should
be adjusted by the dentist. Loose dentures can cause various problems,
including sores or infections. See the dentist promptly if your denture becomes
Can I make minor adjustments or repairs to my denture?
You can do serious harm to your
denture and to your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture. A
denture that is not made to fit precisely by a dentist can cause irritation and
sores. Using a do-it-yourself kit can damage the appliance beyond repair.
Glues sold over-the-counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be
used on a denture.
If your denture no longer fits
properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose,
see the dentist immediately. In many cases, dentists can make necessary
adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require
that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory.
Must I do anything special to take care of my mouth?
Brushing twice a day and
cleaning between your teeth daily help prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum)
disease that can lead to tooth loss. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth
that fit under the denture’s metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under
the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay. Your dentist or dental
hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and clean between teeth.
Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.
How often should I see the dentist?
The dentist will advise you on
the frequency of dental visits. Regular dental check-ups and having your teeth
professionally cleaned are vital for maintaining a healthy smile.