Like a bridge, partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps where one or more teeth are missing. Unlike a bridge, partial dentures are fully removable by the wearer. Partials are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics, and are custom-made to blend in with each patient’s natural teeth. Please arrange a consultation to discuss a partial denture design that would be suitable for your needs.
Did you know?
Partial dentures require gentle care and frequent cleaning. Once you get your new partial dentures, you’ll need to:
- Gently brush your dentures daily using a soft-bristled tooth brush
- Be careful not to drop your partial dentures as they may break
- Avoid exposing your partial to hot temperatures that could cause warping
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for partial dentures?
You may be a candidate for partial dentures if you have one or more missing teeth, and have some stable teeth in the same dental arch. To find out more about whether partial dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist.
What should I expect when being fit for partial dentures?
If you decide to get a partial denture, you’ll need to visit your dentist to discuss a design that would suit you. Slight modifications to the surfaces a few natural teeth might be needed to provide small areas that could help with denture stability. Impressions of your upper and lower teeth will be taken, and sent to a dental lab, where a technician will fabricate a custom denture that includes a gum-coloured base that will rest over your gums.
Will I need to follow any special oral health instructions after receiving my partials?
Yes. Good oral health is still important – even if you have a few missing teeth. In addition to caring for your new dental prosthetic, you’ll still need to brush your gums and tongue at least twice daily to remove bacteria that could cause gum disease and cavities to the remaining teeth. Continue seeing your dentist exams and cleanings, and be sure to bring your partial dentures along to each visit. After a few years, you may find that your partial needs to be rebased or relined to better fit the changes to the bone structure in your mouth.