Flexible Partial Denture
Flexible partial denture care instructions
Wearing partial dentures will help restore your confidence, smile and eating habits that have been lost due to missing some/most of your teeth, so taking good care of your partial dentures is very important. The following is a simple guideline for flexible partial denture care that will assist you to better understand and use them so they would last a long time functioning properly.
- Partials take time to get used to, especially the first few months. Sore spots are not uncommon in the first month or so. A 24 hour recall appointment is scheduled at your convenience after your partial dentures are delivered to eliminate any sore spots that might develop during wearing/eating.
- Always keep your partials clean and free from food and heavy stains. This can be achieved by washing it using running water, soap and a denture brush daily. Remember to rinse off dentures well from soap residue before wearing again. Polident Denture Cleanser also works well.
- Always remove partials from your mouth before going to bed and place it in a dry cup.
- Do not soak your partials in bleach or any other detergent solution; it tends to make partials weak and prone to fracture.
- Never put your partials in boiling water; partials are heat sensitive and might not fit properly.
- Avoid placing your partials in a napkin or towel; it could be easily discarded, lost or dropped accidentally.
- If your mouth always feels dry and your partials are not holding in place properly as they should, try GC or Biotene Dry Mouth Relief Moisturizing Gel before attempting to use any type of denture adhesive/reline material. A bottle of water in hand at all times would also do.
- If denture adhesive (could be used for partials just as well) is needed for the upper or lower partials, use Zinc free products such as PolyGrip, Sea.Bond or Effergrip (Use as recommended by manufacturer). If the partial isn’t holding securely after using the adhesive as recommended by the manufacturer, please call us to set up an appointment to better diagnose and manage.
- Unlike metal based partial dentures, flexible partial dentures cannot be relined, rebased or modified after fabrication however they can have a tooth repaired in the future.
- Visit your dentist annually to check on your partial dentures and gums.