Partials and Dentures

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is made up of one or more porcelain or plastic replacement teeth. Gum-colored plastic attaches these teeth to a metal framework. The partial is removable. It is held in your mouth with either metal clasps or precision attachments (special attachments made to fit into existing teeth, often hidden by crowns). You and your dentist will discuss which option is best for you.

Getting the Best Fit

Several visits to the dentist may be needed to be sure the partial fits properly. The following tips may help your mouth adjust faster and more easily:

  • At first, eat soft foods and foods that have been cut into small pieces. Once you’re used to eating with the partial, you can eat almost anything you like. However, avoid very sticky or hard foods.
  • Practice reading out loud until you can talk comfortably with the partial in place.
  • Practice putting the partial in and taking it out in front of a mirror. Never force it or bite down to try to get it into place.

Caring for Partial Dentures

Brush your partial at least once a day and soak your partial in water when you’re not wearing it.

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