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Making impressions for partial dentures: I just had both upper and lower impressions made in preparation for partial dentures.

After the appropriate wait time the dentist COULD NOT REMOVE the impression. The lower had to be cut in 3 places to remove and upper took a nighmarish 20 minutes of pulling (leaving my mouth bruised and swollen) and both of us exhausted.

His explanation was space between my existing teeth caused too much suction but since I have normal space I do not accept this. What could have caused this? Should I dump this dentist and move on? ... Visitor from NC

I appreciate your concern. It is unfortunate that you had that experience.

Impressions can be difficult to remove when there are undercuts or areas between the teeth for impression material to lock into.

Your dentist could have used a material that perhaps was not as stiff to permit easier removal or blocked out some of the undercuts.

Do not lose faith. Give him a second chance. I am sure it was as stressful for him as it was for you.

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