What Are Partial Dentures?

Partial Dentures are a treatment option for replacing missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. This is a treatment that allows you to replace only the missing teeth that are directly next to each other, and can help prevent changes in your bite and return normal function to your jaw. Partials also allow you to retain natural healthy teeth for stability and support. There are a number of different types of partials, and we can customize the one that is best for you.

Missing teeth can leave gaps that affect the way you smile, speak, and eat. These spaces may make you feel self-conscious in social situations, but you don’t have to anymore! With modern materials and design, our dentists can provide you with a custom fit for a partial that will blend in perfectly with your remaining natural teeth.

If you are missing a large number of your teeth, or are about Partial Dentures to lose a few more teeth, you may need a complete denture. While these are more invasive and typically require a surgical procedure to place them, they can restore both form and function and improve your quality of life.

However, for some people who are only missing a few teeth or a single tooth, a full denture is not necessary. A partial denture can give you back your smile and improve your health by preventing the loss of additional natural teeth, a change in the shape of your jaw, and difficulty chewing or speaking.

A conventional removable partial denture consists of a gum colored base with a set of replacement teeth that can be removed for cleaning and at night. The teeth are connected to the gum colored base through a metal framework that keeps them in place. Removable partials are a less costly alternative to other tooth replacement options and they can be easily adjusted if you have additional teeth that need to be replaced in the future.

You can choose from a variety of acrylic or cast metal partial dentures that are designed to look like your natural teeth. The most popular material is a cobalt-chrome alloy called Wironium. It is a proprietary nickel-free formula that provides an alloy that is stronger, thinner, and more durable than other cast metals used for partial frames. It also offers a better color match and is more flexible than other frames, making them less noticeable.

When choosing a partial, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to determine the condition of your surrounding natural teeth and the state of the edentulous ridge where the missing teeth are located. This will help them determine if there are any tooth remnants, such as root tips or sharp bony areas, that could cause irritation or discomfort once the partial is in place.

You will need regular dental checkups for your partial denture to ensure that it stays in good condition. Our dentists will examine your denture, clean it, and make sure the clasps are secure, as well as check for any signs of damage or wear. They can guide you on how to care for your partial, and help you manage any challenges that arise.