Dentures partials are an economical way to fill in ugly gaps that are left by extractions, and they are available on the NHS for affordable prices. Although the preferred method for filling in gaps between teeth may be implants or a bridge, there are certain times when dentures and partial dentures are the best method for you.
If you have been recommended by your dentist to have dentures partials, then you need to understand how to care for them. Just because they are not your own teeth does not mean that you can disregard caring for them. When you look after your partial dentures they can last you for many years. A good fitting partial denture will often not even need glue to be kept in place, but it is important that you do not put undue pressure on your new teeth.
When you first wear a denture, you will find all sorts of problems with trying to eat, and even speak properly. This is because your mouth is not used to having a palette in it, and it does not mean that your dentures are ill-fitting. Some discomfort is normal, but only when you are in pain when wearing your dentures should you revisit your dentist to ensure that they are actually fitted correctly.
At first, simply try wearing your partials for a few hours and practicing how to speak with them in your mouth. This will take a little time, but it will be worth the effort. Once you are used to the feel of your dentures in your mouth then you should start to try drinking and eating with them in. Avoid trying to chew with your dentures until you are used to feeling food in your mouth and swallowing with them. All this takes time, so don’t try wearing your dentures for a meal out in a restaurant until you are comfortable with wearing them at home.
As well as mastering eating and drinking with your new teeth in, you need to think about how to take care of them. Any signs of chipping should mean a return trip to the dentist straight away. With properly made dentures from top dentists in the UK this should not be a problem, but it does occur occasionally. If your dentures break or are chipped, you will not be able to wear them without huge discomfort, nor should you try and endure the pain as it could lead to harming your gums irreparably.
You should never sleep with your dentures in your mouth, as this is a choking hazard. Even if you are only planning an afternoon snooze, you should take your dentures out and put them safely in a place where your pets or children will not be able to pick them up. Lastly, regular cleaning of your dentures is implicit. An abrasive tooth paste should be avoided, and a simple rinse and quick brush with a fine bristle brush should suffice for your teeth. Simply clean your dentures when you clean your own teeth, remembering to replace them afterwards if you are not going to sleep and adding denture glue where necessary.