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I have recently had partials made for my lower back four molars. My dentist has patiently been trying to make them comfortable but the left side still digs into my gums. He is planning to do more grinding on them, however, I'm concerned that he is now into the metal part and there is no plastic left in some areas. Is this normal or were the partials too far off from the beginning? Is it alright for the partials to be down to metal against my gums? ...Kathleen in CA

No it's not. Your partial should have at least 2 mm. of plastic under the metal. You can even have a soft liner called a Cu-Sil for maximum comfort. As long as your jawbone is not weak and thin you should not be having these problems. I am afraid that maybe your partials have not been extended far back enough. There is an area of your lower jaw called the "retromolar pad". It is an area of dense bone behind where your wisdom teeth used to be. Partials and dentures have to cover this bone in order to give you good support. Get a second opinion if you feel that your partials were not made right. Look for a specialist called a prosthodontist. They are better schooled at these problems. It is rare for a partial to not be comfortable, unless your bones are thin.

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