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Partials FAQ Ask The Prosthodontist Chris Mc Farland Question:
I recently had a new lower partial made. It is made with acrylic and metal.

One of the hooks wraps around the tooth and also the gum under the tooth. The part that wraps around the gum is irritating the gum.

I went back and was told by the dentist that it was for more support otherwise the partial might break. Meanwhile its giving me pain.

The dentist also said that it will form a callous and eventually the pain would go away. What should I do? .... Visitor from FL

When a partial denture is fabricated, it should have some relief over the tissue so that the clasp doesn't impinge the tissues and cause pain.

If it's only been a couple of days, the pain might go away but if after a week and you still have pain, you will need to go back and see if the clasp can be adjusted to have clearance from the tissue while still engaging the undercut to hold the partial in place.

I don't know if you have ever worn a partial before. If not, hopefully this is just a break-in problem. Hope this helps.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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