Partial Dentures


When a patient is missing only a few teeth and would like to have improved appearance and function, a partial denture is often used. Partial dentures are removable, and we have three main types in our office: cast frame partials, flexible base partials and acrylic partials. The cast frame type is the traditional partial. It is the most durable. The flexible partial offers esthetic advantages in that the clasps are the color of natural gum tissue. It also does not have the metal base for patients that do not tolerate the size or feel of a traditional partial. Finally, we have the acrylic partial. This design is typically used as a temporary partial and generally not recommended for long-term use over the other options.

In addition to these three main types, there are others types utilizing implants and other specialized attachments. These are typically used when the demand for fit and esthetics is greater than the other three types allow. Fabrication typically has additional lab expenses. As with our complete and immediate dentures, our partial dentures have premium denture teeth for superior esthetics, feel and durability.

It is important to discuss with the doctor the advantages and disadvantages of each type of partial denture for your specific needs. It is also important to understand the effects of leaving an edentulous (toothless) space in the mouth. The effects include teeth shifting and remaining teeth erupting further than normal. These issues can lead to patients not being able to clean teeth properly which will cause decay, other dental problems, and even tooth loss. The effect on the bone is that it shrinks, and later in life, when a patient is ready to have a denture or partial made, the ability to get a desired fit is often compromised.