I went directly through the lab my dentist uses to get my new partial denture. My old partial lasted eight years until I broke it. I bypassed my dentist for the new partial denture because the lab does a good job, and I knew it could save the lab and me some money if we cut out the middleman. Well, the partial has too much plastic backing that it is uncomfortable, and the plate is too short, so the partial rocks when I chew. The lab tried several times to fix this issue, but they told me I needed to go through my dentist if I wanted anything different. Why would they agree to do my partial denture if they don’t want to get it right? – Thank you. Titus from Cleveland, OH
Thank you for your question. Dr. Thomas would need to examine your denture to determine why it is unstable.
It is illegal for a lab to make a partial denture, complete denture, or any restoration without a prescription from your dentist. Although you asked the lab to make the partial denture for you to save money, they should have refused. But the lab knows the legal requirements, so they are primarily at fault.
What Causes a Partial Denture to Move?
A partial denture can move when you chew if its framework s distorted.
A dentist takes an impression of your mouth, makes an accurate model of your teeth, and transmits the information to the lab to make your partial denture. Lab techs are not trained to take impressions and can only make a precisely fitting appliance with your dentist’s help.
If you want a refund, you can tell the lab that you will report the issue to the state dental board. They will probably agree to refund you. Afterward, please return to your dentist or the dentist of your choice to make a new partial denture that will fit well, be as comfortable as possible, and not rock when you chew.
An Alternative to a Partial Denture
A dental implant is an alternative to a partial denture. Implants are artificial tooth roots that integrate with your jawbone. Advantages of a dental implant include:
- An implant can last 20 years or longer, while a partial denture lasts about five years
- It supports a dental crown, replacing the portion of your tooth above the gumline
- Unlike a partial denture, an implant does not rely on adjacent teeth for support
- An implant anchored in your jawbone will not move when you chew
Consider a dental implant when it is time to replace your partial dentures. Speak with an implant dentist in advance to discuss whether you can benefit from an implant.
Sugar Land, Texas, dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post.