A removable partial denture is designed to replace one or more teeth, and is customized to a patient’s mouth.
Depending on the teeth remaining in your mouth, partial dentures may be completely tooth supported, tissue and tooth supported, or implant and tissue supported. When a person starts to lose one or more teeth the rest of the teeth in the mouth will start to drift. As you continue to lose more and more teeth, there is more strain on the remaining teeth. A partial denture is designed to balance out the biting forces in the mouth. Remember - a partial denture will fill in where teeth are missing. Partial dentures can be constructed out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic. Metal partials are considered stronger structurally, thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually recommended as a transitional or temporary partial.
When a partial denture is designed, we acknowledge that chewing places a strain on the remaining teeth during eating. Partial dentures are designed with this in mind so that the chewing forces can be distributed evenly over the remaining teeth and soft tissues. Design modifications to your remaining teeth may be required to help equalize these forces. As always, we will work closely with your dentist to give you the best denture treatment possible!