A partial is essentially an abbreviated form of dentures. If you’ve lost several teeth in one area of your mouth yet most of your remaining teeth are healthy and strong, you might want to ask your dentist about being fitted for a partial.
At your initial appointment, the dentist will most likely take a series of x-rays. This gives them a clear understanding of the strength of your remaining teeth and jaw structure. If you have additional teeth with compromised roots or you’ve lost bone structure you might need other procedures before you can be fitted for a partial.
Once the area is ready, the dentist will create an impression of the surrounding teeth and your bite pattern. This is sent to a dental lab, where your new partial is crafted.
A lot of people like to use denture adhesive to anchor their partial in place and block out food particles. Just make sure to rinse all of this adhesive away when you clean your partial each night. In time you will get used to the fit and feel of your partial and develop a daily regimen for keeping them clean.
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 208-286-2699 to schedule an appointment.