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Dr. I just got a lower cast metal partial from a Prosthodontist, a few weeks ago. The partial sits on all of the lower front area of my gums. I have a clasp on my right molar, and my left wisdom tooth. There is hardly any pink acrylic over the metal at all, and when I try to chew food the gums hurt, and become red and irritated, like metal is rubbing on them. When I told the dentist this, he said that is the accurate amount of acrylic needed. He said my gums will have to toughen up. How can that be when the pain is so bad. I cannot even chew oatmeal without what feels like metal spikes in my gums. What should I do, when the dentist won't do nothing? Thank You

Initially, for the first few days dentures might need to be adjusted and may be uncomfortable. However, after a few short adjustments, dentures should not hurt. Some people are not comfortable with the "IDEA" of dentures and don't like having big acrylic devices in their mouths, but they should not actually hurt the gums. You should bring this to the attention of your dentist (or find a new dentist) because a poorly-fitting denture can cause damage to the teeth and gums. Good luck and I hope things work out for you, Happy New Year!
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Dr. Zelig has personally placed several thousand implants with excellent success and has worked with many dental specialists and educated them on full mouth reconstruction, esthetic dentistry, and Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Zelig is a coauthor of a book on Dental Phobia, "The Fearless Smile: Overcoming Dental Phobia"

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I received both my dental degree (DDS) and my certificate in the specialty of Periodontics from New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Zelig graduated among the top 10% of the graduating class. As a result of outstanding academic achievements, Dr. Z was elected into the membership of Omicron Kappa Upsilon- the national dental honor society. In addition, Dr. Zelig has lectured to general dentists and specialists on periodontal treatment and dental implants. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology which recognizes periodontists who have made significant achievements beyond the educational requirements of the specialty. Board-certified periodontists have been examined by a panel of internationally respected peers and has been awarded Diplomate status. By successfully completing this challenge, Dr. Zelig has demonstrated a robust knowledge of periodontics, Continued professional development, Critical review of results of therapy, and interest in providing the best, most up-to-date care.

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