Partial Denture

Learning to Wear New Dentures

Learning to wear new dentures can take a little practice at first. The base is extended, so chewing on one side of your mouth may dislodge the other side. The solution is to place foods on both sides of your mouth and chew with balanced force. You will also notice that you are producing more saliva as your mouth adapts to the denture. This will subside in a few days. When you come in for your next appointment we will go over how to handle some of the other challenges you might encounter.

A partial denture is rigid, but it rests on soft tissue. Therefore, it is going to move a bit, especially when you first start wearing it. Over time you will learn to compensate for this. Within the first few days or even weeks, you may develop sore spots on the soft tissue. The sore spots will make wearing the denture very uncomfortable until adjustments are made to the partial denture. When you experience these sore spots please call the office at: (701) 258-1321 to schedule an appointment to make the needed adjustments. It may take several visits to get your partial denture feeling comfortable.  Wearing your partial denture at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment is recommended. Although wearing it for that length of time may be uncomfortable, it will help to make any sore spots more visible to assure the partial denture is being adjusted in the correct areas. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself. This might cause harm to your mouth or damage your partial.

It is also very important to continue to have regular dental checkups at least once a year. These checkups are necessary so the dentist can examine your oral tissues for signs of disease or cancer.

While today’s partial dentures are better than ever, the reality is that they do not last a lifetime. The tissues in your mouth change over time, and eventually your denture will not fit as well as it did when new. Sometimes applying a denture adhesive will help secure your partial denture. If you wish to use a denture adhesive, it is best to use a denture adhesive powder rather than the paste. The denture powder may be found at pharmacies or possibly some department stores.

At some point using the adhesives may not work for securing your partial denture.  When this occurs your partial may need a relining. Relining is much more economical than a new appliance, and it can improve the fit, relieve soreness, and make a positive difference in how you look and feel. Relining, however, is at best a temporary fix. Further down the road, relining will not solve the fit problem anymore, and you will need a new partial denture. We want to ensure that you understand what will take place as years progress.

Please call the office at (701) 258-1321 if you have questions about wearing and maintaining your denture.

Partial Denture Care at Home

Partial dentures are not maintenance free.  The same type of bacteria and debris that has a tendency to accumulate on natural teeth and oral tissues, will accumulate on partials too. This means daily care is recommended in order to keep your partial clean, fresh, and your mouth feeling healthy.

Proper cleaning of your partial denture is very important.  Neglecting to clean your partial can result in bad breath or gum irritation.  Try to clean your partial at least once a day by brushing it with a denture brush and a denture cleanser.  Avoid using abrasive cleaners such as toothpaste, because they may scratch the surface of your partial making it more susceptible to bacteria, plaque, and stains.  Be sure to brush your gums, tongue, and remaining natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before inserting your partial denture.

If stains do start to develop on your partial, you can try soaking your it in whitening Listerine.  Never try sterilizing your partial denture in boiling water, because it may cause your it to become warped.

Here is a routine you can follow for properly cleaning your partial denture.

  • Before starting to brush your partial denture you should take precaution against accidents.  Partial dentures can be very delicate and can become damaged if even dropped from a height of a few inches.  There are a couple ways to prevent any damage to your partial denture if it is dropped during the cleaning process.
1. Hold your partial over a sink that has been filled with several inches of water.
2. Hold your partial over a towel that has been folded once or twice.
  • Before brushing your partial denture, you should first rinse it under warm water to remove any loose debris.
  • Under running water, scrub your partial denture with a denture brush inside and out.
  • If you wish to do so, you may brush your partial denture using a denture toothpaste or cream. Just remember that ordinary toothpaste is not the best choice for cleaning your partial due to the abrasive cleaning agents.  The friction of the brush on the partial denture is by far the most important factor, not the type of cleaner that is applied.
  • When you have finished cleaning your partial denture, rinse them off thoroughly.

Before inserting your partial, be sure to brush your gum tissue, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth with a fluoride toothpaste.

Please call the office at (701) 258-1321 if you have any question about cleaning your partial denture and maintaining a healthy mouth.