Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient and can replace one or more missing teeth.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

Partial DentureReplacing your missing teeth will help enhance your appearance and confidence by eliminating unsightly gaps, creating a natural appearance, aiding speech clarity and improving your ability to chew thereby aiding in your digestion.

A removable partial denture may help limit movement of your existing natural teeth and eliminate muscle soreness in your jaws by helping to support your bite.

Partial Denture Types and Materials

Partial dentures are created out of a metal and acrylic, completely out of acrylic, or with state-of-the art flexible thermoplastic material. A patients specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture. Every effort is made to construct a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues.

For maximum comfort, Dr. Steven Levy 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-acrylic partials are generally preferred as they are structurally superior. They are thinner and more hygienic than an all acrylic partial.

All acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional appliance after extractions, for example, or as a temporary partial.

Valplast is a flexible, nylon thermoplastic that is thinner and more translucent than traditional partials. Many patients enjoy the comfort of this material as it is lightweight, thin and flexible. Additionally, there are no unsightly metal clasps so the esthetics are excellent.

In order that you fully understand your options, Dr. Steven Levy will consult with you to determine the appropriate partial denture for your situation.

A removable partial denture may help limit movement of your existing natural teeth and eliminate muscle soreness in your jaws by helping to support your bite.

Click here for more information about partial dentures from the American Dental Association.