Post Care Instructions: Flexible Partials

Important Information for you to remember at home if you’ve just received a partial denture

Care Instructions for Flexible Partial Wearers

You can expect to develop sore spots from your new partial. 

Should you experience any persistent irritation, please call your office to see if an easy adjustment can be made. It may take several adjustments for your partial to fit comfortably.

It takes practice learning to speak with a new partial. 

Practice reading out loud or singing! The more you speak out loud, the easier this will become.

Do I have more saliva now with a new partial?

You may experience more saliva than usual when you first begin to wear a partial denture. Your body will adjust to your partial and saliva flow will return to normal.

How can I keep my partial looking and feeling like new?

To help your flexible partial to look and feel like new, please follow these simple instructions:

  • Always rinse your flexible partial under running hot tap water for approximately 20 to 30 seconds before wearing it. The small flexible clasps will get hard and could break if this is not done.

  • Do not wear your partial to bed. Remove at night and keep in water when it is not being worn to keep it hydrated.

  • Do not use any over-the-counter denture cleaner that contains bleach. If using over-the-counter denture cleaners, only soak for 10 or 15 minutes — DO NOT SOAK OVERNIGHT!

  • Whenever possible, rinse your appliance after eating to remove food particles.

  • Always remove your partial to brush your teeth. Toothpaste is great for your teeth but not for your partial. Brushing your partial with toothpaste may remove the polish and roughen the surface over time. Use a gentle soap and your toothbrush to clean your new partial.

  • Bring your partial to your dental visits for your dental cleaning. Your partial can be  ultrasonically cleaned for no additional charge while your hygienist is cleaning your teeth.

  • Keep your appliance away from pets. (There’s a pet store for other toys nearby!)