Partial dentures

Partial dentures sometimes referred to as removable bridges, are used to span the gaps left by missing teeth.

We can fit partial dentures to the lower or upper jaw. The replacement teeth are first attached to a base. We construct the support from all plastic or a mix of metal and plastic. The completed partial denture is usually anchored to the remaining teeth by metallic clasps.

partial dentures

Complimentary consultations

All partial denture wearers will also have to see one of our dentists as part of their dental examination. It is a legislative obligation that ensures the proper care of our patients.

Treatment plans will be jointly devised by our Practice Principal Steven Burchell DipCDT RCS(Eng), who has a dedicated interest in denture provision, and one of our dentists.

Our dentist will identify any issues with existing teeth or gums. Before we fit the partial denture, we will, if necessary,  restore your oral health.

The clinical dental technician and dentist partnership is the bedrock of the Denture Clinic success. With both of these disciplines of dentistry under one roof. By working as a team, we can ensure the best possible treatment plan.

Why should I consider Partial dentures?

A gap left by missing teeth or a tooth in your upper or lower arch can mean your bite is affected. Over time, surrounding teeth can ‘migrate’ and begin to lean into the gap. This migration results in a change to the way the upper and lower teeth come together. Food can pack between the gaps, a common cause of decay and gum disease.

What are my other options?

The condition of existing teeth will drive the clinical decision, but there are usually two other credible options: a fixed dental bridge or one of our implant solutions. Implants are small, titanium screw-like devices placed into the jawbone to support a restorative crown or bridge.

Plastic, or plastic and metal?

Metal partial dentures are made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and are much stronger than their plastic counterparts. They are also lighter to wear and although the base is metal, have natural-looking aesthetics into which we set the teeth.

Could I have a dental bridge fitted straight after an extraction?

Sorry, no. It can take up to six months for your gums to heal properly after an extraction. You may need to have a temporary denture before we fit the bridge. This temporary fitting ensures there is no movement of adjacent, healthy teeth.

How do I care for my denture?

The general rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Always clean your denture over a bowl of water or a folded towel. Dentures can break if dropped on to a hard surface.

Should I remove my denture at night?

We may recommend taking out your dentures at night to give your mouth a rest from the prosthetic. If you do, however, be sure to leave the denture in water to prevent warping or cracking.

We have a blog post with more information about suction cup dentures