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Partial dentures are small in size than a full dentures.

An overview of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures have a similar appearance to full dentures but are generally much smaller in size. A partial denture focuses on filling gaps in the person’s bite without replacing all of their teeth. The smaller size means typically a lower cost is involved, which also makes obtaining replacement dentures easier. 

Tooth loss is a common concern among the general population. An estimated most seniors have experienced the loss of all teeth. Full and partial dentures are great for cases where a person has missing teeth. In cases where some teeth remain, the use of partial dentures is becoming quite popular. 

Types of Partial Dentures

Different types of removable partial denture options exist. Patients should have a thorough understanding of these, allowing them to choose an option that fits their budget, needs, and preferences. 

A partial acrylic denture remains a popular option. These are also referred to as acrylic flippers. Some people also opt for partial metal dentures. An alternative that is frequently used today would be flexible dentures.

Treatment for Partial Dentures

The first step is for the dentist to thoroughly inspect the patient’s oral cavity. The dentist needs to determine whether partial dentures would be a suitable option. In some cases, a lower partial denture or only a upper partial dentures will be needed.  Full dentures may be considered if the person has lost all of their natural teeth.

If a partial denture is an appropriate solution, then the dentist continues to take a mold from the patient. The mold is then used in the creation of the dentures.

Need for Partial Dentures

When a person loses a few teeth, then their bite will be affected in the process. This makes it harder to chew food, which is the initial step in the digestive process effectively.

By installing partial dentures, the bite can be restored, allowing for more efficient chewing. This can also bring about improved confidence, as missing teeth can create gaps in the smile.

Benefits Of Partial Dentures

There are a few benefits to consider when determining whether partial dentures are a good option:

  • It is possible to wear braces with partial dentures. 
  • Partial denture care tends to be relatively easy, as these pieces can be easily removed and cleaned. 
  • The dentures provide a custom fit for the area where you have gaps in your smile and bite.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you wear partial dentures?

The denture is placed in a dedicated area of the mouth. The shape will provide a fit only for the areas where teeth are missing. Once inserted, the denture will remain in place until you manually remove it. 

How long will it take to get used to wearing dentures?

Most people can get used to the feel of dentures within one month. During this time, eating and speaking can be troubling.

Will the denture change how I speak?

In most cases, a pair of dentures will not change how you speak. Some people feel that they sound different to themselves, but this is due to the increased vibrations reaching the ear when dentures are worn. 

How long should I wear my partial denture?

Regular wearing is essential, but your mouth does need a break from time to time. It is generally advised to wear dentures during the day and take them out at night. 

Are partial dentures comfortable?

Modern options are considered to be quite comfortable. Some people do experience soreness and discomfort during the first few weeks, however.