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The loss of multiple teeth can have a significant adverse effect on your oral function and your overall quality of life. Many patients who have lost two or more teeth in a specific area will choose a partial denture to help restore most of their basic oral function.
The base of your partial denture is made from a special pink material that closely mimics the appearance of natural gum tissues. It will be designed in a dental lab to closely match the natural contours of your remaining oral structure. Depending on the size and location of the void the partial denture might also include special hardware components to help hold it in place.
Even with this firm and comfortable fit, many partial denture users also like to apply a small amount of denture adhesive when they install the oral appliance. Adding a thin bead to the base help bond it firmly in place while also helping to block out prevent stray food particles.
If you need to take your partial denture out, you should thoroughly rinse away all residual denture adhesive from the base. After drying the base with a clean paper towel, you can apply a fresh denture adhesive before seating the denture back into place.
Before falling asleep each evening you should thoroughly rinse the partial denture to clear away any plaque buildup and residual denture adhesive. Once this is done you should gently brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture polish.
If you were provided with a complete denture at Evans Street Dental Center’s office in McMinnville, Oregon, and you have a question about how to best maintain it, you should call 503-472-1402 to speak to our dentist or a member of Dr. Natalya Ramsay’s staff.