In many ways a partial, is really just a smaller version of dentures. If you’ve lost multiple teeth in one area of your mouth yet most of your remaining teeth are healthy, you should talk to your dentist about being fitted for a partial.
Before recommending the partial, your dentist will need to take a series of x-rays to make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy and you have sufficient jaw structure to seat a partial firmly in place. You might also need to have additional teeth in the area extracted, if the roots or bones anchoring them have become compromised.
Your dentist will create an impression of the surrounding teeth and your bite pattern. They will then send the impression to a dental lab, where your new partial is crafted.
Many people like to use denture adhesive to secure their partial in place and block out food particles. Just be sure to rinse all of this adhesive away when you clean your partial each night. In time you will get used to the fit and feel of your partial and develop a daily regimen for keeping them clean.
If you’re thinking of getting a partial or you have questions about your current set, please feel free to give us a call at [phone] to schedule an appointment.