There are so many questions about removable partial dentures that it made sense to cover the important benefits, options, and costs associated with this type of procedure.

A partial denture is a removable oral prosthesis that is used to replace missing teeth by attaching to the healthy teeth that surround the gap in your smile. Most modern partial dentures are comprised of a metal framework with acrylic faux-teeth, however there are several options available depending on the unique needs of the patient. For instance, newer materials currently being used allow for “metal free” partial dentures.

“Partials” are used to replace missing teeth in both the upper and lower jaw and are some of the most commonly requested dental procedures – due to their ease of installation and use.  Also, dentures are typically less expensive than other treatments designed to fill in a gapped smile – such as implants or dental bridges. 

Benefits

  • Removable partial dentures are seen as a less invasive option than bridges or dental implants, which often require minor oral surgery and multiple trips to your doctor.
  • Partials are easy to manipulate by your doctor, so if you need even more teeth replaced after receiving your first denture, the dentist can make the appropriate alterations relatively easily.
  • They make it more comfortable to chew food, talk, and give you the confidence to smile again!
  • Dentures protect your gums and prevent your teeth from drifting, which helps to the overall health of your mouth because missing teeth are a breeding ground of bacteria.
  • You can receive a partial denture to replace a few missing teeth, or full dentures to replace an entire row.
  • They are removable and easy to clean. 

Types

Metal Framework:

Metal framework partial dentures use metallic fasteners to attach onto your remaining teeth, keeping the prosthesis secure, and you more confident. Slight movement is expected with these dentures, however check with your doctor when you notice any wiggling. Excessive movement can cause the development of sores and the accumulation of oral bacteria.

Acrylic:

Some partial dentures are made almost entirely of acrylic, which are reportedly more comfortable and natural looking. Yet, like metal dentures, acrylic dentures attach to you remaining natural teeth using metal wires. Acrylic dentures are typically seen as a “cost-effective alternative” to most metal-based dentures. They can also be used as transitional prosthesis, especially if you are expecting to have further corrective treatments in the future, like implants.

However, many dentists are now offering “flexible dentures”, which are seen as a good balance between the benefits of metal or acrylic dentures.

Cost

With prices that range everywhere from $150 – $2,000 for a single partial denture, the cost of replacing your missing teeth can be all over the place. Also, it should be noted that if other dental procedures are required – like an extraction or recontouring – additional costs may apply. However, the price you pay for your dentures depends on the amount of work needed and the materials you choose for the prosthesis. We recommend consulting with your dentist to get an accurate estimate of how much your treatment will cost.

Should I Get Partial Dentures?

Missing a tooth is no laughing matter. When you lose a tooth, the teeth closest may become tilted, or even drift, along the jawbone. This movement can affect your bite, place more stress on your jaw, possibly causing bacteria to grow (which will exacerbate any other oral issue you may be facing) as well as an uncomfortable bite.

In fact, when you are missing a tooth, the jawbone may even shrink, which can cause distortions to your cheeks, jawbone, and the appearance of your face in general.

If you are missing one (or several) teeth, it is important to act as quickly as possible before more damage occurs. Contact Dr. Farless, your Greensboro dentist, today to schedule a pressure-free consultation about your missing teeth.