A partial is a removable dental appliance that fits in the void left behind by multiple missing teeth. It is designed to replicate the function and appearance of the teeth to restore your oral function. Providing the unit with daily care and good oral hygiene measures will maximize its lifespan and help it to seat comfortably with the underlying gums.
Denture adhesive is popular with many partial wearers because it provides additional hold. This has the added benefit of helping to block out stray food material when eating. If a small food particle does manage to work its way into the space between your partial and gums, it will need to be dealt with. While it might prove to be a small nuisance at first, not dealing with it could irritate the gums.
When this happens to your partial, you should take it out and thoroughly rinse the unit. You should then dry it with clean paper towels before applying a fresh bead of denture adhesive.
Your evening oral hygiene routine should also focus on your partial. Giving it a thorough rinse will help to clear away residual denture adhesive while also providing a clean surface to apply the denture adhesive the next morning.
You should then brush your partial with a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste, such as denture polish. You can then store your partial overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.
Once this is done, you should follow through with the rest of your daily oral hygiene routine. It is especially important to floss around the gum line of the teeth surrounding your partial. Maintaining healthy gums in this area will help the partial fit comfortably.
If you have questions about how to properly care and clean your new partial, you can always call 661-746-6989 to speak to a staff member at Adept Dental Shafter’s Shafter, California, clinic.