You must take good care of your partial for it to last. You also must take care of the teeth remaining so the partial can maintain its support. The following steps will help you keep your partial for a long time.
- Take your partial out when you sleep and place it in water with a splash of Listerine. This lets your gums and teeth rest from the pressure of the partial. Placing it in water keeps it from drying out and changing shape. Clean BEFORE storing.
- Do not soak in hot water as they may distort. Also remember they are made of brittle acrylic, so be careful not to drop or bend them.
- Remove your partial to clean it using a denture brush and toothpaste or dish detergent after each meal, or at least before bed. This removes loose food debris, plaque and some stains. Do this over a sink filled with water or a towel to prevent breakage in case you drop the denture.
- Brush and floss your teeth with the partial out of your mouth to help prevent future cavities. A fluoride varnish may be recommended if you have problems with dry mouth.
- Occasionally soak your partial in a commercial brand soak designed specifically for partials to help disinfect them and remove stains.
- Maintain your recall visits so we can check your partial and supporting teeth for any problems. Also call us for an appointment if you develop any problem with your denture due to soreness or looseness.
Follow Up Care
The Future: Your jaw bones and gums shrink up to 1/32 of an inch per year when your teeth are missing and much more immediately after extractions. This is one of the main disadvantages of dentures. Because of this shrinkage, you should plan to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated by us every six months. We will inform you when relining or re-basing of the dentures is necessary. Wearing ill-fitting dentures for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Even dentures that “fit” comfortably need to be checked along with your tissue.
- Update medical history
- Evaluate partial fit, bite, esthetics
- Examine soft tissues for denture irritation
- Oral cancer screening
- Tooth cleaning, evaluation
- Ultrasonic clean and disinfect denture
- Possible reline of denture if you’ve had extractions (not possible with Valplast)
Yearly Follow-Up: Same as six-month appointment. We may decide to see you more often depending on your case. Many patients like to come in more than once a year for peace of mind and a nice clean denture. If you would like to schedule your next denture appointment, please call Willowdaile Family Dentistry in Durham, NC today.