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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