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Partials

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are used when only some teeth need to be replaced. The healthy teeth remain in the mouth where they can act as anchors. The partial denture firmly connects to these anchoring healthy teeth with metal attachments. Filling the gaps between the healthy teeth is important because it helps keep your teeth in alignment and can reduce decay and gum disease.

What can I expect from the denture procedure?

Most procedures begin with the removal of existing teeth. Oral surgery is sometimes, but not always necessary to prepare the mouth for dentures. Anesthetics will be used to make sure that you remain comfortable during any of these procedures. Dr. Westmoreland will make a wax bite impression to serve as a model for the new denture. If an immediate denture is being placed, he will make the necessary measurements before the final teeth are removed. Once the dentures are fabricated, there will often be a number of appointments to fine-tune things like color, fit, and shape.

What can I expect after I am fitted with dentures?

Dr. Westmoreland will advise you on how to keep your new dentures clean. Cleaning your dentures and keeping them in good working order is important to helping them last for many years.

Things will certainly feel different, especially in the beginning, as you adjust to your new set of teeth. At first, the dentures may feel bulky and seem awkward while chewing. At this early stage, increased saliva and minimal discomfort is common but should diminish over time. Denture wearers need to get used to speaking and eating with their new teeth, and this takes some time. If discomfort or fit problems persist, adjustments or new dentures may be necessary.