Partial dentures are replacement teeth which tend to attach to a pink or gum-colored base. They usually replace several adjacent teeth, and are commonly custom-made to fit your missing teeth depending on your needs. Partial dentures can also attach to your natural teeth through either clasps or precision attachments. Clasps are cheaper than precision attachments, however precision attachments are often better looking than clasps.
Your dentist will give you instructions on how long to wear your dentures, when you should take them off, and anything else that may be a concern. Make sure to follow these instructions so that your dentures or mouth do not become damaged. At first, your partial dentures may feel bulky or awkward. This is completely normal and such feelings will fade as you become accustomed to your dentures. Eating and speaking may be challenging as your mouth adjusts to the new dentures. Begin eating soft foods cut into small pieces when you get your dentures. Don’t eat anything particularly sticky or hard, such as gum. Also practice reading off paper, especially words you cannot say well.
Adjusting Your Partial Dentures
After some time, partial dentures may need adjustments. This is due to the fact that the shape of your mouth naturally changes over time. This often affects how well the denture fits and can cause problems, such as sores or infections. If you feel your dentures have become loose, see your dentist as soon as possible. Make sure to maintain your regular dentist visits as well, as they may be able to catch it before you do. Never try to fix a loose denture yourself. Do-it-yourself kits can possibly damage the partial dentures beyond repair, and over-the-counter glues can have harmful chemicals in them.
Sometimes you may damage your dentures, or even completely break them. If your denture chips, cracks, or breaks entirely, call your dentist immediately. They will often be able to repair it on the same day. However, complicated repairs may require your dentist to send your dentures to a special dental laboratory.
To find out more about the different types of dentures see False Teeth Types and Facts or Dentures: Types (Partial and Complete), Cost, Cleaning, and More.