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Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are fitted when you still have some of your natural teeth in place after an extraction. Like complete, or full, dentures, they’re designed with precision to fit comfortably in your mouth and reflect the colour and shape of your remaining teeth to give a natural-looking appearance. They can be made from a variety of materials, depending on your individual circumstances and preferences.

In this article, our expert team of clinical dental technicians explain all about partial dentures, the types we offer here at First Class Denture Clinics and how much they might cost. We also explain the alternative options that may be open to you if partial dentures aren’t suitable.

Why have a partial denture?

Where just one, or a couple of teeth need to removed, the resulting gaps may not be visible even if the patient is smiling. In such cases, it may be tempting to think dentures aren’t necessary and you can just carry on as normal. However, where teeth have been extracted, there’s a risk of the remaining ones moving or drifting in the mouth, which can affect your appearance. You may also find your ‘bite’ is affected when you’re eating. This is why we always recommend partial dentures to be fitted, even if just one tooth has been taken out.

When can a partial denture be fitted?

Whether you’ve lost a single tooth, a row of teeth or individual teeth in different areas of your mouth, a partial denture can be fitted. Whatever your situation, your clinical dental technician will make sure your new dentures are created to give the best fit and aesthetic result possible.

Are partial dentures removable?

Yes, your partial dentures will usually be removable. As with a complete set of dentures, it’s important to keep them clean and fresh by brushing them twice a day. Whenever you’re not wearing them, such as overnight, you should keep them in a glass or water or denture cleansing solution to stop them drying out.

Will I need invasive surgery?

A key benefit of partial dentures is they’re supported by the gums, so therefore don’t need a surgical procedure to be fitted. The exception is if you opt for implant-supported or implant-retained partial dentures. These require surgery for the implants to be inserted, so the dentures can then be clipped onto them.

What types of partial dentures are available from First Class Denture Clinics?

This is explained in the table below, along with the main pros and cons for each type and an indication of costs.

TypePros and consCost
Acrylic (plastic)Easy to repair and adapt if you need extra teeth adding later. Can appear bulky in the mouthFrom £595
ChromeIdeal for minimal tongue interference, especially for lower denturesDifficult to adjust and add extra teethFrom £995
Valplast (flexible plastic)Comfortable and lightweight with no claspsHard to repair and can be quite expensiveFrom £795

What are the alternatives to partial dentures?

If partial dentures aren’t suitable, or you’d simply prefer not to have them, don’t worry. There are other options which may be available for you. The two most common choices are:

  • A dental bridge

As the name suggests, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap between your missing teeth to give an even appearance. They’re made up of two or more crowns which are fitted to the two teeth on either side of the gap, which are used to hold the bridge in place. One or more false teeth then sits in between the anchoring (abutment) teeth. A bridge can be manufactured from a range of materials, including porcelain, alloys and even gold. Your dental bridge will be cemented into place and can’t be taken out. To have a bridge, you’ll need to have enough remaining teeth in good condition and sufficient bone underneath.

  • Dental implants

These are screws made from titanium or zirconium oxide that are inserted directly into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. A false tooth is then clipped onto each implant. Implants can be used to fill gaps in different areas of the mouth, a single area or to replace all your natural teeth. To have implants fitted, you’ll either need to have enough bone in your jaw or undergo a bone graft to replace it. Just like your natural teeth, implants need to be looked after carefully to avoid gum problems and other issues with your mouth.

Find out more about partial dentures

The team at First Class Denture Clinics will be pleased to answer all your questions about partial dentures. If we agree they may be the right choice for you, we’ll need to agree a treatment plan before we can make a start. You can find out about our consultation process at our website, or book your first FREE appointment by calling 0115 646 2023. Or, to find out about all the types of dentures we provide, please visit this page.