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Partial Dentures


What are they and what do you need to know about them.

When it comes to a partial denture, it means you have some existing natural teeth remaining but missing more than one. A partial denture is a removable appliance that fills in the spaces between the natural teeth with acrylic teeth. The partial denture is usually retained in the mouth through clips that hug onto the natural teeth remaining. Before getting partial dentures, it is very important to have the remaining teeth checked by a dentist to confirm the remaining teeth are strong enough to support the partial denture. Due to the partial dentures’ reliance on the natural teeth for retention, partial dentures carry the risk of damaging existing teeth if the correct maintenance is not completed.

Removable Partial dentures are commonly made from acrylic or with a cast metal framework and acrylic teeth. Both options are great and have their pros and cons.

  • Acrylic Partial Denture
    1. Increased Bulk and sizePartial Dentures
    2. Great if you are in transition towards complete denture
    3. For remaining teeth that are not deemed strong enough to support cast metal partial
  • Cast Metal Partial Denture
    1. Less Bulky and more rigid
    2. Great if your remaining natural teeth are strong and stable
    3. Can distribute occlusal forces more evenly on the teeth and tissue
      • “Rest Preparations” maybe ground in by the dentist. The “Rest Preparations” well help seat the partial denture in place and can guide occlusal forces, creating less stress on your natural teeth.

Both options work well depending on the needs of the client, so be sure to consult with your denturist to see what works best for you.

Why is it important to fill the spaces when missing teeth?

  1. It prevents neighboring and opposing natural teeth fromDenture Services Alberta drifting into the edentulous space and causing more issues
    • If you got a partial denture and stop wearing it for a period of time, you may not be able to fit the denture back into the space
  2. It can cause extra stress on remaining teeth, which can:
    • Wear down natural teeth faster
    • Chip or break natural teeth
    • Cause teeth to move and drift faster
    • Hurt your Jaw
  3. It can hinder one’s confidence because one may be embarrassed to smile

How to care for your Partial Denture?

  1. When placing the partial denture in, never bite it into place
    • This may break, bend or warp the denture or clasps
  2. When taking them out be careful not to pull the clasping outwards
    • This may bend them loose or snap the clasp off
  3. Be careful not to hold the partial dentures too tight when cleaning or in general
    • This may bend the clasps or framework, may even break the partial denture
  4. When cleaning be careful not to catch the clasping on face cloth
  5. Never bend or adjust clasping on your own
    • If you are experiencing any pain or partial denture feels to tight or loose, Contact your Denturist for any adjustments
  6. Highly recommended that partial denture be cleaned at least once a day and removed when sleeping

It is important to take care of your natural teeth, especially since the partial denture relies on them.

Woodside Denture Centre

#3 – 409 1st AVE NW, Airdrie, AB T4B 3E2 Phone: 403.948.0954 | Fax: 403.948.0983

Woodside Denture Centre

#3 – 409 1st AVE NW Airdrie, AB T4B 3E2 Phone: 403.948.0954 Fax: 403.948.0983

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