Our dentist and team at Lighthouse Dental & Orthodontics would like to make a few suggestions so that you might get used to your partials or dentures more rapidly.


– A prosthetic appliance made to replace natural teeth will never work as well as your “real teeth.” The chewing forces are now supported by the gums rather than the teeth.

– There is always an “adaption period” before you feel comfortable wearing your new prosthesis. Your mouth must get used to the appliance and must adapt to new patterns of chewing, talking, etc.

– A lower partial or denture is always more difficult to get used to, due to anatomical factors (presence of the tongue, less surface for support).


– Eat soft foods for the first few days. Avoid hard foods such as peanuts, steak, etc.

– Your prosthesis may require a few adjustments before they seat comfortably in your mouth. You may develop a few sore spots. If it hurts, you may take it out or wear it for a shorter time. However, I would ask that you please wear it at least 6 hours before your adjustment appointment so that we may assess where it is hurting you.

– You will get used to your prosthesis more quickly if you wear it day and night for the first three weeks.

Home Care:

– Take off your prosthesis at night so that your gums may breathe.
Place your prosthesis in water when you remove them for long periods.

– Clean your dentures daily with a brush over a sink filled with water. If you drop them the water will cushion the fall.

– For a deeper cleaning, see your pharmacy for commercially available products.

– Never place your prosthesis in bleach.

– Rinse your mouth and your prosthesis after every meal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Samuel Richey and our team at our dental office in Riverton, Utah.