A partial is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting. It is made of a metal baseplate that makes it strong enough for chewing, "gums" made of pink acrylic, and "teeth" made of tooth-colored acrylic.
Partials are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. If anything happens to your partial, please bring it to our office. Our in-house lab can repair almost any problem!
Reasons for partial:
What does getting a partial involve?
Loss of several teeth in an arch
Enhancing smile and facial tissues
Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
The process of getting a partial requires several appointments, usually over a period of weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. "Try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed partial, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new partial.
You will be given care instructions for your new partial. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new partial.