If you have never worn a partial denture
, it's going to take a bit of getting used to.
There will be a period of adjustment during which some rubbing and discomfort is to be expected whilst they bed in. Some minor modifications by your dentist are generally needed, this is totally normal. Anyone who has worn one before will tell you this. Even experienced wearers will need a period of adjustment when a replacement partial denture is made- the only difference is they now know what to expect and what it takes to get used to them. Most people are able to wear them effectively after a little perseverance.
How fast you adjust depends on a number of things, including:
Some of you will adapt a lot more quickly than others, but everyone can get there if they stick with it.
If you have worn a removable partial denture before, the time to adjust to the new set is going to be less than if you haven’t. The more similar the design to the previous denture, the quicker you will get used to wearing it.
The older you are, the slower you tend to adapt and the more difficult it can be getting used to big changes in your mouth.
A simple acrylic denture
is the most bulky, covers the most area, is least close fitting and has the least retention (grip). Thus it requires the most getting used to and more muscle control than the other options. Chrome dentures
tend to have better grip and be thinner so are easier to wear initially.
- How many teeth are being replaced
The more teeth on the plate, the larger it becomes and the more foreign it will feel in your mouth to begin with.
This is 'dentist speak' for having teeth- all back molars missing on one side. The reason it is important is because there is no back tooth to support the denture, meaning it will be slightly more unstable and need to get support from your ridge (top part of your gum) instead.
As a result you have less grip and it can drop slightly in the top jaw or move around a bit in the bottom (depending on which other teeth are present to help make it steady). Muscle control in these circumstances needs to be greater and as such dentures with free-end saddles take a bit more getting used to. An implant or precision attachment can be used to improve the situation.