If you have lost multiple teeth in one area of your mouth, it can seriously compromise your ability to chew food. It might even influence your ability to speak clearly. If the area is too large to be restored by a bridge, your dentist might recommend you be fitted for a partial. This is essentially an abbreviated version of dentures that is custom designed to fit securely in the empty space in your mouth.
Being fitted for a partial is a two-step process. During the first appointment your dentist will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. If there are other problematic teeth, they might require additional extractions before you can be with fitted for the larger partial.
Once the area has been thoroughly addressed and prepared, the dentist will create an impression of the area. This is sent to a dental lab, that makes your new partial.
During the second appointment the dentist will fit the partial in place and make sure it fits comfortably into your gums and matches your personal bite pattern. Denture adhesive, can help hold the partial in place while also blocking out food particles. Just make sure you rinse all of it away when each night.
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 312-236-9895 to schedule an appointment.