The removable partial that was created for you by our dentist was custom designed to replace the basic function of the teeth you previously lost. While the unit is meant to be durable enough to withstand the rigors of chewing and grinding most foods, you will still need to take measures to maintain it.
If plaque and other bacterial material are not removed on a daily basis, they can slowly degrade the partial, and cause irritation and inflammation of the gums.
Many people with a partial enjoy using a little denture adhesive for extra hold and to help block out stray food material from invading the base of the partial. If a few food particles get stuck in the space between the partial and your gums, you should thoroughly rinse the unit and apply fresh adhesive.
When you take the partial out each night, you should rinse it clean of any residual denture adhesive. This will provide a smooth surface to reapply the denture adhesive in the morning. Then you need to brush all the surfaces of the artificial teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste like denture polish. You can then store your partial overnight by soaking it in water and keeping it in a safe place.
You can then go about your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing the rest of your teeth. Maintaining healthy gums will also help the partial fit securely and comfortably.
If you live in the Chino Hills, California, area and you have concerns about your partial, you should call 909-342-7945 to consult with the specialists at Chino Hills Family Dentistry.