Removable Partial Dentures

Removable Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. A partial denture is made up of one or more artificial replacement teeth and is anchored in your mouth on your natural teeth with either metal clasps or precision clasps. The artificial acrylic teeth are attached to a pink colored plastic that is attached to a metal framework.


Adjusting to the Partial

Several visits to the office are usually needed to make sure the partial fits properly ans to relieve any sore spots caused by pressure. Since the partial is a foreign object in your mouth, it may feel awkward for a few weeks while your mouth adapts to it.

At first, you will need to eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces. You will eventually feel more comfortable eating a lot of foods, but it is important to remember that a partial is removable and the teeth are acrylic and you are limited in what you can eat. We recommend avoiding sticky or hard foods.

Advantages of a Removable Partial Denture

  • Less costly than permanent bridework or implants
  • Treatment time is short
  • Less expensive to repair if there are any problems
  • Less expensive to replace

Disadvantages

  • Clasps can cause excess wear and tear on the supporting teeth
  • Food stuck under partial
  • Reduction in chewing efficiency
  • Food sticking to partial
  • Soreness underneath partial from bone loss