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Your New Removable Partial Denture

It takes practice to put in and take out a removable partial denture. It may feel odd or tight for the first few weeks. But in time, you should get used to it. Never force it into place by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps or damage your teeth. If you have a problem with your new partial denture, talk to your dentist. It may need an adjustment.

Removable partial dentures should not be worn 24 hours a day. Your dentist may tell you to take out the partial denture at bedtime and put it back in when you wake up. Usually your dentist will make follow-up appointments to look for pressure points or sore spots. He or she will adjust your denture so it fits comfortably.

Eating and Speaking

When you replace missing teeth, eating is much easier. But it takes practice. Here are some things that can help:

Missing teeth can sometimes make it hard to speak clearly. Wearing a removable partial denture can help. If at first you find some words hard to say, practice by reading out loud in front of a mirror. With time and practice, you should be able to speak well.

Adjustments and Repairs

As you get older, the fit of your removable partial denture can change. Your bone ridges can shrink, making a space under the denture. Food can get trapped. The denture clasps also may get loose from normal wear. If the partial denture needs adjusting, do not adjust it yourself. You can harm both the denture and your health. A badly adjusted partial denture can cause sores and irritation. Do not use household glues to repair the partial because they can have harmful chemicals.

See your dentist as soon as possible if your removable partial denture breaks, cracks, chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose. Or your partial denture may need to be modified if you lose one of the supporting teeth. Sometimes dentists can make the repairs, often on the same day. Complex repairs can take longer. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you have a well-fitting partial denture again.

Your dentist will tell you how often to go for dental appointments. Regular exams and professional cleanings are very important to keep a healthy smile.

Caring for Your Removable Partial Dentures

Like natural teeth, you must take good care of your removable partial dentures. Here are some tips to care for them: