Partials & Dentures
Removable Partial Dentures
A partial denture can be easily taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. The plastic base may cover a metal framework and may have clasps to attach to your natural teeth. It usually takes a few weeks to get used to the feeling of a removable partial denture. However, in time you should get used to wearing it. A partial denture is usually less expensive than a fixed bridge or implant, however it may be less stable and more uncomfortable than the other options.
If you have missing teeth, a removable partial denture is one way to replace them. Partial dentures have several benefits. For one thing, they can make it easier for you to chew food. They can also help you speak better if your speech has changed due to missing teeth. Removable partial dentures can support cheeks and lips so the face does not sag and make you look older.
When you lose a tooth, they nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints.