Missing multiple teeth in one area of your mouth, can seriously compromise your ability to chew, and even have a negative impact on your ability to speak clearly. In a situation like this your dentist might recommend that you be fitted for a partial. This is essentially a smaller form of dentures, that is custom crafted to fit securely in the empty space between your teeth.
Being fitted for a partial usually takes two separate appointments. At the first appointment the dentist will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. If they find additional compromised teeth, they might require additional extractions before you can be with fitted for a partial.
Once the area has been prepared and all the relevant teeth have been addressed, your dentist will take an impression of the area. This is sent to a dental lab, where your new partial is created.
At the second appointment your dentist will fit the partial in place and make sure it fits comfortably to your gums and bite pattern. Many people with a partial like to secure it in place with denture adhesive, as it helps hold it in place and also can serve to block out food particles. If you do opt to use denture adhesive, you will need to 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 (937) 435-0324 to schedule an appointment.