Dentures: Partial & Full

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Dentures are removable appliances that can be used to replace missing teeth and restore your smile.  If you are missing a few teeth, a partial denture can be made that has clasps to attach to your natural teeth.  If you are missing all teeth on the upper or lower arches, a full denture is needed instead.  Full dentures also have the benefit of supporting your lips and facial muscles so that they don’t sag inward and make you look older.

New dentures may feel awkward when they are class="imageLeft" first delivered.  Initially, they may feel foreign as you are learning how to talk and chew with them.  There is also a “breaking in” period where your gums and mouth have to get used to the dentures.  They may even need a few appointments to adjustment them and make them feel more comfortable.  For the average denture wearer, it takes 3-6 weeks before they become accustomed to them.

Types of Partial Dentures

Acrylic Partial–this type of partial is commonly used as a temporary.  It has teeth, pink acrylic and wire clasps.  The main advantage of acrylic partials is that they are the easiest to add or adjust as there are changes in your mouth.


Cast Partial–this partial has a metal framework which is thin and rigid so that the clasps snap to place. Teeth and crowns have to be shaped to fit the clasps and other metal areas to hold the partial in place.


Flexible Partial–this partial is made of nylon and also snaps to place.  The nylon is ultra-thin and lightweight.  Of all the partials, this type is the least adjustable, but feels the most solid and retentive.