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Partial dentures are another effective way to replace one or more missing teeth. They are a good, less expensive option to consider when you still have some of your own natural teeth. They consist of a removable structure of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base, creating a natural appearance. The overall benefits of partial dentures are much like those of bridges and implants:

  • Increases ability to chew/eat more efficiently, helping with digestion
  • Helps limit unwanted movement of existing natural teeth
  • Allows for clarity of speech
  • Restores natural appearance to your smile

Dr. Hartzell will work closely with you to design, color-match and adjust your partial denture to work naturally and comfortably for you.


What To Expect With Partial Dentures

A partial denture is designed to attach to your natural teeth with devices called clasps.

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    From day one, you will likely notice your partial dentures feeling awkward or bulky. Just realize that this is normal, and you will eventually become accustomed to wearing them.

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    You will need to practice inserting and removing the partial dentures. They should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial dentures into position by biting down; this could damage the attachments.

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    Over time, eating should become a more pleasant experience with your partial dentures. Starting with soft foods will be best and remember to chew on both sides of the mouth to keep pressure evenly distributed. Avoid hard or crunchy foods, and particularly avoid chewing gum during the adjustment period.

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    You should eventually notice an improvement in your speech with your partial dentures. It will help to practice words that seem awkward to pronounce at first.

It’s imperative that you follow all instructions given by Dr. Hartzell, including on how long the dentures should be worn and when they should be removed. If the partial puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Dr. Hartzell will adjust that area to fit more comfortably. With time and patience, your partial dentures will become a natural part of your everyday life and we trust that you will be highly satisfied with them.

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