Partials Instructions

  • New partials always require a period of adjustment.  First-time partial patients may require several weeks to get used to their new appliance. Speech may be altered, and may require adaptation of the tongue and lips.
  • For the first few days, you should wear your partials for as long as possible, and chew soft food in small bites.  Remember, partials do not have the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth and may affect your taste of food.   If your bite feels uneven after several days, we can adjust the way your teeth contact at follow-up visits.
  • It is not unusual for sore spots to develop in isolated areas of the mouth.  These areas can be relieved easily at follow-up appointments.  If a severe sore spot develops which prevents wearing the denture and an appointment is made for adjustment, please wear the partial for 24 hours prior to the appointment.  This will greatly aid in locating the exact location of the area, and make adjustments significantly easier and more predictable.
  • Do not wear your partial dentures to bed.  It is important to allow your gum tissues and jaw bones to rest in order to prevent further tissue irritation, infection, and future bone shrinkage.
  • Over time, or with weight loss or gain, the supporting gum tissues and bone may change shape and size.  Periodic relines of your dentures may be necessary to ensure a retentive fit.  Denture teeth may wear or chip over time.  For this reason, an annual check of your tissues and dentures is recommended.
  • Immediate Partials (temporary acrylic base partial): For patients wearing immediate partials, do not remove the partial for the first 24 hours after extractions. Follow all the post-operative instructions for extractions. Remove the partial after 24 hours and clean using proper care instructions listed below. Keep all your follow up appointments with the doctor who performed the extraction(s). Your partial will loosen up as your gums and bone heal. At this stage, you will need to come in for a reline appointment for a better fit of the immediate partial. If you do not wear your partial, immediate, or regular denture for a period of time, you will notice that it will not fit properly. This is due to the natural changes that occur to your jaw bone. In these cases relining, rebasing or even a new partial will be recommended.
  • Proper cleaning of your partial is important to prevent stains and bacteria from accumulating on your appliance. The most important way of caring for your partial is to brush them at least once a day – inside and out! You can use a soft tooth brush or special denture brush. Either regular toothpaste or denture cream will work well. Occasional soaking in a denture cleansing solution can also be helpful. Generally, soaking on a weekly basis followed by a thorough brushing will be adequate.
  • Take care not to drop your partial when cleaning them. It is helpful to clean your partial over a washcloth or over a sink full of water to prevent breaking the partial if dropped.

Here are some brands of denture cleansing solutions that can be helpful:




-Denture Cleanser