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What should you know about dental partials?

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Dental partials are an inexpensive teeth replacement alternative to full dentures and dental implants, according to HowStuffWorks. Dental partials are made from artificial teeth and a pink molded base designed to resemble natural gums.The partial is placed between natural teeth and is held in place with metal clasps. Additional teeth are easily added to a partial when needed.

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Most dental partials are made out of acrylic, a rigid material. Some partials are completely constructed of nylon, which is more flexible than acrylic. Since nylon is just as strong as acrylic, it may become the material of choice for all future partials, according to HowStuffWorks. Partials can also be made with more expensive precision attachments, notes Mouth Healthy.

Dentists design partials to fit individual patients. At first, the partial feels awkward inside the mouth, according to Mouth Healthy. Eventually, the partial feels normal. It takes a bit of time to get used to inserting and removing a partial. Never force the partial into the mouth to avoid breaking a clasp. Instead, insert the partial according to instructions. If the partial is placing too much pressure in one area or is too uncomfortable, it can be adjusted by the dentist. Break in partials by eating soft foods. Avoid hard and sticky foods during the adjustment period.

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