Partial dentures are removable tooth prosthetics that replace one or more missing teeth. Many patients elect dentures for tooth replacement if they are not candidates for implants or bridges, or are otherwise looking for a more budget-friendly option. Partials are affordable alternatives, and are custom-made to blend in with natural teeth. (If you are missing all your upper and/or lower teeth, you may want to read about complete dentures).
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for partial dentures?
You may be a candidate for partial dentures if have some stable teeth in the same dental arch. To explore your prosthetic options, book a professional consultation with your dentist.
What should I expect when being fit for partial dentures?
Denture fabrication is a process that will take several appointments. After the initial consult, in which the dentist discusses the design of your denture, slight modifications to the surfaces on a few natural teeth may be needed to help with denture stability. This is followed by impressions of the upper and lower teeth. Throughout the process, the dentist will take records that will be shared with the dental laboratory that makes your denture.
What are the Home care instructions for my denture?
Partial dentures require gentle care and frequent cleaning.
- Gently brush your dentures daily using a soft-bristled tooth brush
- Leave the dentures out at night
- Be careful not to drop your partial dentures as they may break
- Keep your dentures away from pets
When do I see my dentist after receiving my partials?
It takes time to adjust to a new denture. However, a follow-up visit is suggested if your partial denture is causing you discomfort. Also, continue with your usual exams and cleanings, and don’t forget to bring your partial dentures along to each visit. After a few years of use, you may find that your partial needs to be relined to better adapt to the changes in your mouth.