What are Partial Dentures and How are They Used?

Posted on: February 2, 2019

While dentures have long been an option for people who are in need of replacing missing teeth, partial dentures have also become popular as dentistry has progressed. They provide people with the opportunity to chew naturally and smile confidently again.

Even though there are multiple options for teeth replacement, partial dentures are well-known and well-respected among the dental industry. Being aware of what partial dentures are, how they work and what the benefits that they have can help someone who is considering their options.

In this article, we will go over the basics of partial dentures. Read more below as we outline everything that one should know!

What are partial dentures?

While the name may sound complex, partial dentures are actually simple. They are just a part of a regular denture. These dentures don’t cover all of the teeth as regular or full dentures would. Partial dentures are still artificial replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base.

How are partial dentures used?

While partial dentures do offer up the same goal as regular dentures do, the way that they are used are actually different. Because partial dentures are only used when someone still has some remaining teeth, the dentures are typically secured into the mouth so that they can’t be removed. This allows for a more natural and stable feel when chewing and smiling.

However, in some cases, there are partial dentures that are also removable as well. Removable dentures are popular in situations where a person has one to no teeth remaining in either the upper or lower jaw. Removable partial dentures still offer the same aesthetically pleasing look and natural bite that secured partial dentures do.


In order for partial dentures to work, they do have to be maintained regularly. Partial dentures require the same maintenance that regular dentures do. If and when a person isn’t wearing their dentures, they must be placed within a wet environment in order to avoid drying out. They can be placed within water or a denture cleaning solution.

Dried out dentures will cause severe damage to them and they will likely need to be replaced which can be costly. Additionally, being extra careful with partial dentures is important because they are delicate. Dropping them can also cause a need for replacement.

Sometimes dentures can cause discomfort and they may need to be examined by a professional. Visiting the dentist regularly is recommended so that the partial dentures and the patient’s mouth can be examined.


Partial dentures offer a person with replacement teeth which can be a great benefit to anyone who is missing teeth. Often times people experience difficulties with not having teeth so being able to receive partial dentures can help in many ways. It’s best to talk with a professional so that they can determine whether or not partial dentures are for you.

If you have questions about partial dentures and how they work then reach out to our office today so that we can help. Our trained professionals can walk you through anything you need to know regarding dentures. Give us a call or stop by today.

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