A removable partial denture can replace one or more missing teeth. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient. Aesthetic appearance and speech is restored along with the ability to eat confidently and efficiently. A partial denture can also help to preserve the natural placement of your existing teeth; if one or more teeth are lost, the neighbouring teeth can shift into the open space (see video below).
Teeth Shifting Due to Missing Tooth
Depending on the teeth remaining in your oral cavity, partial dentures may be completely tooth supported, tissue/tooth supported, and/or implant/tissue supported. Partial dentures can be constructed out of a combination of metal and acrylic, or solely out of acrylic. Metal partials are considered stronger structurally, thinner, and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually recommended as a transitional or temporary partial.
The design process involved in creating a removable partial denture is specific to each patient’s needs. Your denturist will determine the appropriate treatment plan and the appropriate partial for you.
Caring for Your Partial Dentures