What are Partial Dentures?

A removable partial denture (RPD) is usually made to replace one or more teeth. Removable partial dentures restore a person’s natural appearance and greatly improve the ability to chew and speak clearly.


Three types of partial dentures are available - cast metal, acrylic and Flexible Resin.

Metal Partial Dentures

The Cast Metal Partial Denture is the best partial denture. It is stronger, less bulky and offers the best fit. The Cast Metal partial is fabricated using a metal framework to which the on-site laboratory will attach higher-grade denture teeth.

Acrylic Partial Denture

Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances.
Acrylic Partial Dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. The partial denture has an acrylic base upon which the teeth are set and is attached to natural teeth with small metal clasps.

Flexible Resin Dentures

The flexibility of these dentures provides several advantages over the traditional RPD alternatives made of rigid, acrylic plastic resin. Flexible, nylon-based RPDs can look realistic, stay securely in place and be more comfortable to wear. Instead of metal clasps, they have thin finger-like extensions that fit or snap into natural concavities in the crowns of the teeth near the gum line. The flexible RPD also provides an option for cosmetic improvement of adjacent teeth that appear elongated due to gum recession: The realistic-looking, gum-colored base can be made to cover areas where natural gum tissue has receded (shrunk down) and partially exposed tooth roots so that flexible RPDs provide a smile improvement and offer an instant aesthetic solution..

When would I need Partial Dentures?

As soon as you lose 1 or more teeth.
Partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth. A partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support.
The partial dentures are designed to be removed and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.

How many Partial appointments are Required

The amount of appointments varies considerably with partial dentures. In some circumstances such as a 1 tooth acrylic partial, it may only take 3 appointments.
If it is a metal partial denture with lots of missing teeth, it could take up to 6