Partial Dentures: What They Are (And Are Not)

When you begin examining your options for replacing one or multiple missing teeth (but not a full arch of teeth), you will find yourself faced with a variety of options. This is a relief, of course, until you realize that there’s a lot to learn (and time’s a-wastin’). When the term partial denture crosses your path, you may wonder what to make of it. Is it the same thing as a bridge, for instance? What’s it do? Is it right for you? We can help clarify what a partial is … and is not … to get you started.

All About Partials: What Are They?

They Are: A partial denture is removable and rests over natural teeth and relies in part on the suction your mouth naturally creates.

They Are Not: A partial is not a fixed device. This means that it is not the same thing as a bridge in that it is removable. A bridge is “fixed” or bonded in place over natural teeth.

They Are: Partials are budget-friendly. If you are looking for a way to address your tooth loss but you are not currently prepared to make a hefty investment, you may wish to examine a partial denture for the time being (or for the long haul).

They Are Not: Partials are not something to shy away from because you’re sticking to a budget. Unlike dental implants (which you may still consider for the future), the initial investment is typically very affordable.

They Are: Partial dentures are for most tooth loss patterns. You may request one for teeth that are missing next to each other, that are spread apart from one another, or both.

They Are Not: A partial is not an exclusive item. They are quite accessible and versatile, helping most patients achieve complete smiles.