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Partials FAQ Ask The Prosthodontist Chris Mc Farland Question:
Flexible upper partial: I have had my flexible upper partial about 2 months but have already found I will not eat in public.

For some reason, all food seems to gather AND accumulate on the front 5 real teeth. If I were to eat out, I would have to excuse myself after every bite to floss before I would even open my mouth to talk.

Is this normal or correctible? .... Visitor from LA

Sorry to hear that the flexible partial isn't working so well for you. There are a couple of things to consider that may give you some help with this.

One, are your teeth flared and / or are there spaces between your natural teeth? This may have caused the base to be cut back just to get the partial in place and then when you chew, the food accumulates.

Two, do you only have 5 teeth in the front to hold the partial in place? If you only have the five teeth in front and nothing in the back to help hold the partial in place, it may be dropping in the back when you chew, allowing food to accumulate.

The other thing to consider is where do you have lower teeth? If you only have a limited number of lower teeth, obviously you will be chewing with the partial against the natural teeth. If you only have front teeth, the food will accumulate.

The bad news is that a flexible partial can't really be added to. I think you will need to return to your dentist and see if they can offer you any other suggestions.

This may sound unusual, but you may need to cut your food into small bites so that you only need to do minimal chewing. Also, don't use the partial to bite into things. Do 75% of your chewing on your plate with your knife. If you can just put the food onto the back teeth, chew a bit and swallow, you won't get as much collecting. Good Luck!

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

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