Many patients expect immediate results after they get partial dentures from their Ottawa denture clinic. And while partials will certainly help you to speak, bite and chew like you did with your natural teeth, the healing time varies from patient to patient. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect after you get partials and how to adapt to your new teeth.

Are partial dentures right for you? 

Elderly Woman In a Denture Consultation

Partials are a terrific option if you’re missing some, but not all, of your teeth. Partials can help fill the gap left by missing teeth but offer a more stable solution than traditional, removable bridgework. And they can be used alongside dental implants for maximum stability and comfort.

Partials typically come in two varieties, cast metal and acrylic. Acrylic partials are usually considered temporary while cast metal partials are preferred for their strength, durability and superior fit.

What to Expect After Getting Partial Dentures

Here are some things to expect after getting partial dentures:

Discomfort and soreness: When starting to wear partial dentures, discomfort and soreness are common as the mouth needs time to adjust, but it gradually decreases over time, typically lasting a few weeks. Discomfort can be managed with warm salt water rinses, mild pain relievers, and avoiding hard or chewy foods. Following the dentist’s instructions for wearing partial dentures, including gradually increasing wear time over several weeks, is also important.

Difficulty speaking: When wearing partial dentures, speech difficulties may occur due to the appliance affecting tongue and mouth movement. However, speech difficulties usually only last for a few days to weeks and can be improved by practicing speaking aloud, reading, and singing. Speaking slowly and avoiding biting down on the partial dentures while speaking can also help improve speech.

Changes in diet: When adjusting to partial dentures, it’s important to avoid hard, chewy, sticky, or sugary foods to prevent dislodging or irritating the appliance. Instead, start with soft foods and gradually introduce more solid foods as your mouth adjusts. Chew your food carefully and evenly on both sides of your mouth to prevent pressure on one side of the denture.

How to Adapt to Partial Dentures

Here are some tips to help you adapt to your partial dentures:

Practicing good oral hygiene: To maintain good oral hygiene with partial dentures, it is important to clean them daily using a soft-bristled brush and mild denture cleaner or soap and water. Regular toothpaste and harsh chemicals should be avoided. Additionally, brushing natural teeth and gums twice a day and daily flossing is important for overall oral health.

Properly inserting and removing dentures: To insert partial dentures, gently push them into place with your fingers, and to remove them, gently rock them back and forth and then pull them out. Using denture adhesive can make insertion easier, while a denture removal tool or gauze can assist with removal.

Regular dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups are important to ensure the proper fit of partial dentures and identify potential issues. A dental check-up involves an examination of the mouth, gums, and remaining teeth, as well as cleaning and checking the fit of the dentures. Adjustments or repairs may be recommended if necessary.

How Long Does It Take To Get Used To Partial Dentures?

For most patients, it takes several weeks to feel comfortable. The length of time it’ll take you to adjust depends on a number of factors including:

Age—As you age, your body won’t be able to bounce back as quickly and you’ll need more time to adapt.

Dental history—Your past dental experiences, as well as the overall health and condition of your natural teeth, have a big impact on how well you adapt to dentures. If you’ve had partials before, you’ll have an easier time adjusting than a patient who is new to dentures.

Size of the partial—A partial that is replacing two teeth will be smaller and easier to adapt to than a larger partial that is replacing more teeth.

Location of the partial—Partials located at the back of the mouth, with no molars to provide support, will be less stable than partials filling a space between two natural teeth.

Precautions and Care Tips for Adapting to Partial Dentures

It will take time to become used to these mouthpieces and diligent maintenance to ensure their longevity. To help you adjust to your partial dentures more easily, consider the following important safety measures and maintenance advice:

Managing Initial Discomfort

Anticipate a time of adjustment. You could first feel that the dentures are bulky, uncomfortable, or both. Observe your dentist’s instructions to minimize pain, and if required, look into over-the-counter analgesics. For a comprehensive evaluation, you should notify your dentist about any persistent discomfort.

Oral Hygiene as a Priority

It’s essential to practice proper dental hygiene. As your dentist has instructed, clean your partial dentures, and make sure you keep your natural teeth and gums healthy. Frequent mouthwash, flossing, and brushing can help shield your gums from discomfort and possible infections.

Speech Adaptation

The presence of the dentures may initially cause speech problems. To adapt to the changes, practice reading and speaking aloud. As you become used to the dentures, your speech will get better over time.

Gradual Adjustment to Diet

At first, limit your intake to softer meals in smaller, easier-to-manage portions. Introduce a greater range of meals progressively as you become more accustomed to them. To minimize pain and facilitate the process of adaptation, chew on both sides gently and evenly.

When To Make Denture Adjustments

Denturist working with broken dentures

After your dentist has initially fitted you with your dentures, it is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. Your dentist will typically schedule a follow-up appointment to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments to alleviate discomfort.

Denture adjustments may be needed due to changes in mouth shape, weight, bone structure, gum irritation, or damage to dentures. A follow-up appointment after the initial fitting is common to alleviate discomfort. Regular check-ups and maintenance with the dentist can identify any issues and ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Denture wearers should contact their dentist if they experience persistent discomfort or other issues.

Never try to make adjustments to your partial dentures yourself. You may end up breaking your dentures or damaging the clasp. If you’ve been wearing your dentures for several weeks but are still feeling uncomfortable, visit our denture clinic in Ottawa without delay. Our denturists are always happy to work with you to ensure you experience the most comfortable fit possible.

Ottawa’s Choice Denture Clinic

Visit Vranjes Denture Clinics in Ottawa today. Our team of friendly and professional dental health professionals are dedicated to taking care of all your denture needs. And our modern, clean and comfortable denture clinic is designed to make each visit a pleasant one. 

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to book an appointment for partial dentures today!