Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all teeth and removable partial dentures replace some teeth.
By matching each individual’s unique smile and bite, dentures can improve facial appearance and self-confidence. Dentures may also improve speech problems caused by missing teeth and will improve chewing.
For patients missing several teeth, but not all of their teeth, a removable partial denture may be recommended. This type of denture uses the remaining teeth to hold or anchor the removable bridge in place. There are many different types and designs for removable partial dentures.
Typically, a removable partial denture is made of a metal framework with pink plastic to replace the gum tissue and plastic or resin denture teeth. The number of missing teeth and their location will affect the comfort and stability of the removable partial denture. The use of dental implants may increase the stability of a removable partial denture, or dental implants may be the best solution for replacing the missing teeth.
Consult a prosthodontist to determine if a removable partial denture will satisfy your needs. A prosthodontist can offer you many designs for your removable partial denture or provide other alternatives to consider including dental implant-supported crowns and bridges.
Upper Missing Teeth Options
Lower Missing Teeth Options
Would you like to learn more? Read these frequently asked questions about dentures.
The American College of Prosthodontists maintains a position statement on the frequency of denture replacement, as well as Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Care and Maintenance of Complete Dentures.