In May I got a new partial denture and I think I’m going to have to go back under sedation to have it fixed. A metal clasp on the left side of my mouth is putting a lot of pressure on the next tooth. I thought that maybe it would loosen with time but it’s quite uncomfortable. Can this clasp be adjusted? If it can be, should I have to pay out of pocket for sedation dentistry? I’ve used all of my insurance allowance for sedation. I just can’t get through a dental appointment without it. If this is an issue my dentist is responsible for, shouldn’t she cover fixing the partial and waive the fee for sedation? – Patrick T.
Although partial dentures are made at a dental lab, most general dentists are able to loosen a clasp on the denture. Partial dentures are usually uncomfortable when you first receive them. The tight clasp might not necessarily be your dentist’s fault. Ask her to explain the reason for the discomfort.
Call your dentist to let her know your concern. If you’ve had the partial denture for longer than a month, she will want to promptly check it. A clasp that is too tight on a tooth for a long period can potentially damage the tooth.
Ask Your Dentist about Sedation
You should speak with your dentist about your need for sedation and ask if she is willing to waive the fee. You can also contact your insurance company, explain the circumstances, and ask for special consideration for any insurance claim that will be submitted for sedation fees.
Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants are an option for permanently replacing teeth without the adjustment period or the discomfort of partial dentures. But dental implants are a more expensive option, and your dentist must determine if you are a candidate for them. They have several advantages over a partial denture:
- Surgically implanted in your jawbone
- Stimulate bone growth and prevent shrinkage
- Look and feel like your natural teeth
- Don’t need to be secured to an adjacent tooth
- More cost-effective in the long-term because they are permanent
If your budget permits, you can consider dental implants as an alternative in the future when you need a new partial denture.
We hope you have a successful outcome with adjusting your partial denture and getting assistance with the cost of sedation dentistry.
This blog is sponsored by Plano sedation dentist Dr. Miranda Lacy.