A removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient and can replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture helps keep the teeth aligned by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting and changing position.
Partial Denture Types and Materials
Partial dentures are created out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic. A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture and every effort is made to construct a partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues.
Dr. Dahl will design your partial denture so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface of the remaining teeth and soft tissues. Changes to your remaining teeth may be recommended to help equalize these forces.
Metal partials are generally preferred as they are structurally superior. They are thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional or temporary partial. Dr. Dahl will consult with you to determine the appropriate partial denture for your situation.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
A partial denture helps keep the teeth aligned by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting and changing position. They also allow you to better grind and chew food improving digestion.