Partial Dentures

An example of a prosthetic partial dentureA removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient and can replace one or more missing teeth. A natural appearance and speech clarity is restored along with the ability to eat more efficiently.

Partial Denture Types and Materials

Partial dentures are created out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic. A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture and every effort is made to construct a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues.

Dr. Johnson, Dr. Phillips or Dr. Sarles will design your partial denture so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface are of the remaining teeth and soft tissues. Changes to your remaining teeth may be recommended to help equalize these forces.

Metal partials are generally preferred as they are structurally superior. They are thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional or temporary partial. Drs. Johnson, Phillips or Sarles will consult with you to determine the appropriate partial for your situation.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

If you have missing teeth, a removable partial denture is one way to replace them. Partial dentures have several benefits. For one thing, they can make it easier for you to chew food. They can also help you speak better if your speech has changed due to missing teeth. Removable partial dentures can support cheeks and lips so the face does not sag and make you look older. 

Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. The plastic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth. 

Eating and Speaking – When you replace missing teeth, eating is much easier. But it takes practice. Here are some things that can help:

  • Begin by eating soft foods cut into small pieces
  • Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep the pressure even
  • Do not eat very sticky or hard foods or chew gum