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Denture Partials Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
New Acryclic partial plate is loose: I had one tooth extracted (upper left 2) and an immediate partial denture inserted.

This is an acrylic denture, it has no clips. This was over 2 weeks ago, I have been back to my dentist twice and still feel it is too loose.

I feel as though it needs to be nearer the roof of my mouth and nearer my gum line for my remaining teeth to support it. My dentist seems to think it is ok and keeps saying that this is the problem with dentures with only one tooth.

I am finding it difficult to speak due to the denture flapping all the time. Is this normal? .... Visitor from United Kingdom

When a tooth is extracted and a partial denture has already been made, the laboratory made a guess at what tissue and bone would be left after the tooth was removed.

It is very common for the partial to not fit perfectly from the guess.

A simple reline of the partial should make it fit better. I would suggest a soft reline material now like Lynal, and then a hard reline in 4-6 weeks after the extraction site has healed more.

Hope this helps you.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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