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Removable Partial and Full Dentures

Removable partial dentures replace missing teeth. The replacement teeth are set into a pink plastic base that may or may not have a metal framework. They have rests or hooks that attach to your existing teeth.
Full dentures replace all upper and/or lower teeth. These teeth sit into a pink, gum-colored base.

What should I expect?

  • Inserting and removing your partial will take some practice.
  • The partial should fit into place with relative ease. NEVER force it into position by biting down.
  • It may feel awkward at first. This is normal.
  • Follow the instructions you are given for maintenance.
  • Leave your denture out at night so the tissue can breathe.
  • Call the office to make an appointment if you get a sore spot. Most importantly, make sure that you wear the denture for 24 hours before the appointment, so that the dentist can easily identify the sore spot.
  • You will eventually become accustomed to eating with the new partial denture. Avoid sticky and hard to chew foods while you are first getting used to wearing it.
  • You might need some time to adjust to speaking. Reading out loud and practicing speaking is the fastest way to adjust.

How do I take care of my removable partial denture?

  • DO NOT use toothpaste to clean your denture
  • Use only the cleaners that have been approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Brush your denture every day to remove food deposits and stains. It is best to use a brush that is designed to clean dentures.
  • Dentures must be kept moist. Keep the denture submerged in water at night.
  • Never chew, swallow, or gargle with denture cleaners
  • Always thoroughly rinse the denture before placing it in your mouth.

Removable Partial and Full Denture Recare Visits

Partial dentures: We recommend seeing the dentist twice a year for your preventative cleaning and exam. The dentist will examine your existing teeth, your oral tissues, and your partial. Your partial will be thoroughly cleaned and adjusted, if necessary.

Full dentures: It is strongly recommended to see the dentist at least once a year if you have full dentures. The dentist will check the condition of both the denture and your oral tissues to make sure both are healthy. Your denture will be thoroughly cleaned and adjusted, if necessary.


As we age, the mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of your denture. These changes will often require adjustments. Poor fitting dentures can cause various problems including sores and infections.

DO NOT attempt to adjust your denture yourself. You can cause serious harm to the denture and possibly to your health.

Partial Dentures

Full Dentures