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Partials FAQ Ask The Prosthodontist Chris Mc Farland

I have a upper partial that replaces a front tooth and two back teeth. The front tooth seems to be shorter on top where it meets the gum than the natural tooth beside it.

When I smile I feel like you can see where the top of the fake tooth starts, (like it should have been made a little longer to match natural tooth).

Should the dentist have measured it to match before replacing it?

What can be done about it, I did not get a temporary partial so I would have to go with a empty place where front tooth is missing if I had it fixed, wouldn't I? .... Visitor from GA

This is actually a pretty common occurance. It usually happens when the dentist doesn't take the extra appointment to try the partial in with the teeth postioned in wax so that they can be moved if necessary.

The good news is that it is a simple fix but you are correct that you would have to go without the appliance for a day.

You don't mention what type of base was used for your partial. If it is all plastic, the repaired tooth will always be a bit weaker. If you have a metal framework, a repair is just a good as the original.

The other possibility is that you have healed from having the tooth removed. You don't mention if the tooth was removed and the partial seated the same day. If this was the case, your dentist just had to guess on where the gum and bone would end up and as things healed, the gum receded.

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

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