Ask a Dentist: What Are Removable Partial Dentures?

Partial Dentures Weatherford, TX

If a person is missing one or several teeth in a row, there are several options for treating the problem. Partial dentures are one of the most common restorations that dentists recommend. This guide can help a patient to determine whether a partial may be the right treatment option.

A quick guide to removable partial dentures

When a person has multiple missing teeth but also still has some healthy ones, only some of the teeth need to be replaced. In this situation, a dentist often recommends a partial denture. A partial anchors to the natural teeth on either side of the gap created by missing ones. This dental device typically has a gum-colored or pink base and natural-looking replacement teeth held together by a metal framework. A partial denture is removable, allowing for the gums to rest and the replacement teeth to be cleaned between wearing.

How to wear a partial

A dentist creates partials based on the size and shape of the patient's mouth, meaning they should not need to be forced into place when worn. However, it is still important to take care when inserting or removing them from the mouth to ensure the claps that hold them in place do not bend or break. Wearing the denture daily is important to ensure that it fits the way that it should. Keep in mind that the bones and gums in the mouth may change shape over time, causing gaps that require a dentist to adjust the partial. Only a professional should adjust the metal to avoid weakening it.

How to care for a partial

Taking proper care of a partial is important for its ongoing functionality. To keep it clean, take it out and rinse it after every meal. At least once a day, use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean it thoroughly. Avoid bleaches, whiteners, or boiling water, all of which can damage the device. When not wearing the denture, keep it immersed in tap water or a cleaning solution made specifically for dentures. This keeps the appliance from drying out and becoming distorted when not in use. 

The pros and cons of a removable partial

As with any dental treatment, there are pros and cons to wearing removable partial dentures. They tend to be less invasive and more affordable than other treatment options, and if more teeth break over time, some partial materials may allow for additional false teeth to be added. It is also a better option for those who have natural teeth that can be saved, as adjusting to a full denture can be much more difficult.

There are disadvantages to wearing a partial as well. Getting used to wearing it can take several weeks for some people. The device may also lead to plaque buildup around the connecting teeth. The partial may move or put pressure on the abutment teeth, and over time, it will need to be adjusted by a dentist to ensure it continues to fit properly. 


Partial dentures may be the right choice to repair your missing teeth. Talk to your dentist to receive more information.

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