Do you need to replace a tooth or two (or three, etc.)? Are you feeling excited about the fact that you can rely on a partial denture for tooth replacement but just as nervous about what that means? Have you been questioning your candidacy because you don’t really know much about how a partial works or what it can do for you? We would love for you to gather up some basic details with our FAQs session. Then, contact us to set up a visit, so we can offer you care tailored to your unique tooth loss experience.
Frequently Asked Questions: Partials
Question: Is a “partial” just another term for “partial denture?”
Answer: It is! Remember that the term refers to the fact that you are missing some of your teeth but not all of the teeth on one arch. If you were missing a complete arch of teeth, you would require a full denture. A partial, however, can replace one or multiple missing teeth.
Question: How am I going to keep my partial denture in place? Are there multiple options for stability?
Answer: You may choose traditional support, which means the partial can remain steady with the use of natural suction and by its metal clasps fitting securely over the teeth still in your smile. You may also use denture adhesive for further stability. Or, you may wish to consider an implant-supported partial for an even more stable fit.
Question: Does a partial denture work for most types of partial tooth loss? Or, is it similar to a bridge in that it will only replace a certain number/organization of missing teeth?
Answer: Good news: A partial is more versatile than a bridge when it comes to the number of teeth and configurations of the teeth you are missing. Whether or not teeth rest side-by-side is not a factor (and it can replace more than three).